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Black History Month: The Scottsboro Nine

The Scottsboro Boys were 9 black teenagers falsely accused of raping 2 white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Alabama, in 1931. The trials & repeated retrials of the Scottsboro Boys sparked an international uproar & produced two landmark U.S. Supreme Court verdicts. The defendants were forced to spend years battling the courts & enduring the harsh conditions of the Alabama prison system, despite evidence disproving the girls’ testimony.
The 9 teenagers, ranging from ages 13-19 were Charlie Weems, Ozie Powell, Clarence Norris, Andrew & Leroy Wright, Olen Montgomery, Willie Roberson, Haywood Patterson and Eugene Williams. After a fight broke out on the Southern Railroad train in Jackson County, Alabama, the teens were transferred to the local county seat, Scottsboro to await trial after deputies questioned 2 white women, Ruby Bates & Victoria Price, they accused the boys of raping them while onboard the train. 
In 2013, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to issue posthumous pardons to Patterson, Weems and Andy Wright, bringing a long-overdue end to one of the most notorious cases of racial injustice in U.S. history.


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