The Scottsboro Boys were nine Black teenage boys (the youngest was 13 and the oldest was 19) accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-White jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.
The Scottsboro Boys Case. Falsely Accused of rape by two white women who later recanted their story....after several trials. Ironically George Wallace "pardoned" them many years later. Only recently the state of Alabama apologized.
the Alabama Legislature is moving to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro Boys—the nine black teenagers arrested…in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women. The trials were feverish displays of American racism and injustice that stirred a lynch mob…The travesty…eventually resulted in landmark Supreme Court rulings on the right to adequate counsel and prohibiting the exclusion of black people from juries. The case consumed the lives of the nine men, even after…
Scottsboro Boys Falsely Accused March 25, 1931 The Scottsboro Boys, nine young African Americans, were falsely charged with rape and collectively served more than 100 years in prison. The right of African Americans to serve on juries was established by their case.
Alabama grants posthumous pardons to Scottsboro Boys
VERY COOL. For those of you who have seen the show, The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway (it was recently here in Los Angeles, California at the Ahmanson Theatre) or if you are familiar with the true case and sad Montgomery, Alabama history...you will REALLY appreciate this story! It's about time! The truth WILL set you free (eventually!)!! Thanks for sharing with me Alison Dupra!! http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/21/scottsboro-boys-pardoned/3662205/
Black Then | The Case of the Scottsboro Boys [VIDEO]. On March 26th, 1931, nine black youths riding a freight train, were arrested in Scottsboro, Alabama, after being falsely accused of raping two white women. After nearly being lynched, the Scottsboro Boys were brought to trial.