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.
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. No crime in American history-let alone a crime that never occurred-produced as many trials, convictions, reversals, and retrials as did an alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers on March 25, 1931. 82 years later, on April 4, 2013, the Alabama legislature unanimously voted to pardon the accused.
Alabama pardons Scottsboro Boys after 82 years - NBC News(Leroy(Roy) Wright, Olen Montgomery, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Eugene Williams, Charlie Weems, Andy Wright)missinng Clarence Norris & Haywood Patterson
The Case of the Scottsboro Boys [VIDEO]. Finally, in 1937, four of the defendants were released and five were given sentences from twenty years to life; four of those were released on parole between 1943 and 1950. The fifth escaped prison in 1948 and fled to Michigan. Clarence Norris walked out of Kilby Prison after being paroled in 1946 and moved north; he received a full pardon from Governor George Wallace in 1976.