In Stephenson, Alabama, a group of white citizens filed a complaint against nine negro men. Among the complaints, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates admitted they were repeatedly raped by the men.
- March 25, 1931: Posse stops Southern Railroad train in Paint Rock, Alabama. Scottsboro boys are arrested on charges of assault. Rape charges are added against all nine boys after accusations are made by Victoria Price and Ruby Bates.
- March 26, 1931: Scottsboro boys are nearly lynched by crowd of over 100 gathered around Scottsboro's jail.
- March 30, 1931: Grand jury indicts the nine Scottsboro boys for rape.
- April 6, 1931: Trials is to begin in Scottboro before Judge A. E. Hawkins.
Attorney Samuel Leibowitz with the Scottsboro Boys in the Decatur, Alabama, jail
In the trial of the first defendant, Heywood Patterson and Samuel Leibowitz
"Scottsboro Boys Must Not Die" campaign poster, protesting the trial
In Our Opinion
The Scottboro Boys should not be found guilty. The evidence doesn't create a solid case and this is a case of racial inequality. Of course the defendants will be found guilty, like any case where a black is accused by a white, by should they be found guilty? No. This case represents a large number of trials where the verdict is biased and influenced by race. The women, afraid of being prosecuted for their behavior on the train, accused the men to save their own skin. This is a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD
The "Scottboro Boys"
- oldest of the Scottsboro Boys
- stopped attending school after 5th grade.
- from Atlanta
- one of seven siblings, five have died due to malnutrition
- the second of eleven children born
- stopped school after the second grade
- born to Georgia sharecroppers