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Who were the "Scottsboro Boys"
The event happened on March 25, 1931. The day when the 9 boys, age 13-20, fought white men aboard a freight train. They also raped two girls named Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. The train was stopped and they were charged with rape and held for trial. The trial took place on April 6, 1931. The last trial took place on June of 1950, and many trials led up to the last one, in which Andrew Wright was paroled a second time.
Nine African American boys named Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charles Weems, Andrew Wright, Roy Wright, and Eugene Williams.
There was a fight between the Scottsboro boys and white men that were aboard a freight train, once the train was stopped the cops also figured out the boys had raped two white girls by the name of Victoria Price and Ruby Bates.
The jury was all white, and they were not disposed to think any other verdict other than guilty. Eight of the nine were sentenced to be executed, and the 13 year old was sent to life in prison.
Eight of the nine were sentenced to be executed, and the 13 year old was sent to life in prison. This case brought attention to the communist party, and they started to organize demonstrations to raise funds for appeals of convictions.
The case clearly demonstrates the extent of racial injustice in the south
"The Scottsboro Boys." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 4: 1930-1939. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 10 Dec. 2014
They got this title, because all this took place in Scottsboro, Alabama
Protests in the North happened after the results of the trial.
Alabama governor B.M. Miller ordered the National Guard to protect the Scottsboro Boys from a lynch mob.
Wormser, Richard. "The Scottsboro Case." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.
Charges against Leroy Wright, Eugene Williams, Olen Montgomery, and Willie Roberson were dropped in 1937. However, after four trials, Haywood Patterson was convicted with a 75 year sentence. Clarence Norris was sentenced to death, but was reduced to a less severe pentalty in 1938; he was paroled in '46. Andrew Wright received 99 years. Charles Weems received 75 years. Ozie Powell recieved 20 years for assaulting a sheriff.