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2013 Articles

Alabama parole board approves pardons

Al.com, November 21 2013MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” rape case.
The board made the decision during a Thursday morning hearing in Montgomery for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in a case that came to symbolize racial injustice in the Deep South in the 1930s.
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Date set for Scottsboro Boys’ pardon

The Daily Sentinel, October 22, 2013 — A petition for posthumous pardon for three of the “Scottsboro Boys” is scheduled for consideration by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles on Nov. 21 at an open public meeting in Montgomery.
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Scottsboro Boys Exonerated

The Clarion, April 23, 2013 — Governor Robert Bentley visited Scottsboro Friday for a ceremonial signing of legislation that will exonerate the Scottsboro Boys.
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2012 Articles

Pardoning the “Scottsboro Boys” would help undo Alabama’s racist past (editorial)

John Peck, The Huntsville Times, Sunday, August 19, 2012 — Alabama has made some giant strides in undoing its ugly racist past.
It can make another major step by pardoning – posthumously – defendants from the infamous 1931 “Scottsboro Boys” case in which nine black teenagers were convicted of raping two white women on a train near Scottsboro.
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Through the doors of history – Scottsboro Boys Museum to celebrate Black History Month

Laura Pitts, The Daily Sentinel, Friday, January 27, 2012 — After two long years of preserving the history of the legendary Scottsboro Boys case, the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center will host a celebration event Wednesday, Feb. 1.
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2010 Articles

A Museum Visit

Scottsboro Daily Sentinel, July 7, 2010 — The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center had some special guests Tuesday. Scout Troop and Crew 65 of Monroe, La., as part of their summer tour of the southeast, visited Scottsboro. Nicknamed the “Time Travelers,” the scouts take a tour each summer to learn about history, the troop’s Scoutmaster, Rev. Roosevelt Wright said. “We’ve covered all 50 states through the years,” said Wright.
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Historian hopes to bring ‘Scottsboro Boys’ alive for celebration of slavery abolition

The Huntsville Times, June 19, 2010 — The case has had a hold on Dr. Kwando Kinshasa for 30 years, but he has never been inside the Jackson County Courthouse, site of the first of the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” trials. On Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after arriving from New York City, he passes through the south entrance, exchanging pleasantries with the sheriff’s deputies by the metal detector.
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Alabama town marks infamous ‘Scottsboro Boys’ race case 8 decades later

Associated Press, Feb. 12, 2010 — The very name of this Alabama city has stood for racial injustice for almost 80 years. Nine young black men went on trial in Scottsboro in 1931 on charges of raping two white women in a case that made headlines worldwide. The defendants – eight of whom were sentenced to die – came to be known as “The Scottsboro Boys” and the charges were revealed as a sham.
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Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center Opens

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, February 2010 — Seventy-eight years after the Jackson County trial of nine black men accused of raping two white women caught the world’s attention, officials Monday dedicated a museum they say shows how far the civil rights movement has come. The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center officially opened with a dedication ceremony, coinciding with the first day of Black History Month.
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2009 Articles

Scottsboro Boys museum to educate public on early days of civil rights movement

The Huntsville Times, Dec. 15, 2009 — For 17 years, Shelia Washington has been trying to get a museum dedicated to the 1930s Scottsboro Boys case. On Sunday, an open house will be held at the 131-year-old Joyce Chapel United Methodist Church on West Willow Street where the museum will be located. Its establishment will help educate the public on the early days of the civil rights movement, Washington said in an interview today at the church.
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