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On August 23, 1927, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts executed Nicola Sacco (right) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. They were found guilty of murdering a shoe factory paymaster and guard. At the time there was an anti-immigrant movement in the United States. There was also widespread doubt about their guilt and led to an international campaign to stop their executions.

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Nicola Sacco (L) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in 1927 for murder of payroll messenger.

Nicola Sacco (L) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in 1927 for murder of payroll messenger.

Nicola Sacco leaving Norfolk County Jail in Dedham to go to Boston Psychopathic Hospital for observation

Nicola Sacco leaving Norfolk County Jail in Dedham to go to Boston Psychopathic Hospital for observation

Sacco and Vanzetti taken from jail to court

Nicola Sacco leaving Norfolk County Jail in Dedham to go to Boston Psychopathic Hospital for observation

Photo shows ceremonies being enacted about the grave of Celestine Madeiros, slayer of a Wrentham Bank cashier who was executed with Sacco and Vanzetti. Madeiros' casket may be seen in the grave.

Photo shows ceremonies being enacted about the grave of Celestine Madeiros, slayer of a Wrentham Bank cashier who was executed with Sacco and Vanzetti. Madeiros' casket may be seen in the grave.

Nicola Sacco (1891-1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1888-1927) first page from the italian newspaper 'La Stampa' of the August 23, 1927 with the announcement that the two workmen anarchists italian-americans were executed by the electric chair. In 1977 it was officially recognized their innocence. Typographical print, Italy, Turin 1927. (Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images).

Nicola Sacco (1891-1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1888-1927) first page from the italian newspaper 'La Stampa' of the August 23, 1927 with the announcement that the two workmen anarchists italian-americans were executed by the electric chair. In 1977 it was officially recognized their innocence. Typographical print, Italy, Turin 1927. (Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images).

Guards wait outside of a courthouse during the trial proceedings of the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

Guards wait outside of a courthouse during the trial proceedings of the Sacco-Vanzetti case.

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