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Family of exonerated inmate cleans up highway in his honor

The family of Larry Ruffin cleans up a portion of Highway 11 named in his memory. Photo WDAM. The family of Larry Ruffin cleans up a portion of Highway 11 named in his memory. Photo WDAM.
EASTABUCHIE, MS (WDAM) -

A Forrest County man who died in prison after serving two decades for a crime he did not commit was remembered in a special way by his family Saturday.  

The family of Larry Ruffin cleaned up a three-mile stretch of Highway 11 in Eastabuchie as part of the Adopt-a-Highway America program. That portion of the roadway is named for Ruffin, who was sentenced to life in prison for a 1979 rape and murder.

He died in prison in 2002, but was exonerated in February, 2011 after DNA evidence proved he was innocent. 

"It is very important that we remember him, because he suffered a long time in prison from the age of 18 until he died for something he did not do," said Teresa Strickland, Ruffin's sister. 

The Ruffin family cleans up the highway every three months.

Also, a legal settlement involving the Ruffin family, the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County is still pending in federal court. 

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