Scottsboro Boys

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The legacy of the “Scottsboro Boys” is secure: The nine black teens were wrongly convicted more than 80 years ago in one of America’s most infamous racial tragedies. Alabama is now moving to repair its own legacy, and correct past injustices, with a bill to allow posthumous pardons for the group. […]

In 1931, nine black boys were hitching a ride aboard the Southern Railroad freight train. The illegal use of the freight trains was a common mode of transportation for Depression-era workers, both white and black. News had spread that jobs were available in Memphis, so those in search of survival hopped on the Chattanooga train. […]

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokesman for Alabama's governor says he would like to pardon the Scottsboro Boys, but he lacks the legal authority. Officials with the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center have sent a pardon request to Gov. Robert Bentley. One of the nine black teenagers falsely accused of raping two white women […]