Family of Incarcerated Man Launches Mobile Billboard Campaign For His Freedom
The family of Horace Peterson have launched a mobile billboard campaign outside of the Michigan State Capitol building calling for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow his early release.
Horace's grandson, Eric Woodyard, and his only daughter, Onquette Woodyard, were on site to see the launch and speak with reporters about their campaign for Horace's freedom.
Horace Peterson is from Flint, MI, and has been wrongly incarcerated for 48 years after being convicted of felony first-degree murder -- and life in prison -- for a crime he didn't commit.
Over 84,000 have signed Eric's Change.org petition calling for Horace Peterson's early release, and the family hopes the campaign launch will draw Gov. Whitner's attention to his cause.
The mobile billboard was parked outside of the Michigan State Capitol building from 8am to 4pm starting Monday 5/17 through 5/21, and was part of a larger media campaign which includes digital and social ads urging the public to call Gov. Whitmer at CallForHorace.com and advocate for Peterson's release.
"It's keeping hope alive for him, and he's holding his head up high. He's been strong, he's been a soldier the whole time. He just knows he has family supporting him," said Eric Woodyard, Horace's grandson, on what's next for the family. "He's already missed out on a couple generations, he has great-grandchildren out here and we don't want him to miss out on that," and added, "As long as I'm living and breathing. I'm going to keep speaking up for him and fighting for him."