Scottsboro Pardons Granted

scottsboroThe State of Alabama granted posthumous pardons yesterday to Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson. These men were among nine youths falsely accused of gang-raping two white women aboard a freight train in 1931 and convicted by all-white juries in the town of Scottsboro, Alabama. Known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” their legal journey to fight the convictions and win new trials sparked protests over racial injustice and two landmark rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more about their trials and how their case helped to spur the modern civil rights movement in the PBS American Experience documentary DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy available in the Law Library DVD Collection.

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