Scottsboro Boys

1931

Overview

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.
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  • 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.

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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.
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The "Scottboro Boys"