1931 – The Scottsboro Boys were arrested in Alabama.


The Scottsboro Boys, with attorney Samuel Leibowitz, under guard by the state militia, 1932

 

The Scottsboro Boys were nine African American teenagers, ages 13 to 20, falsely accused in Alabama of raping two white women on a train in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The cases included a lynch mob before the suspects had been indicted, all-white juries rushed trials and disruptive mobs. It is commonly cited as an example of a miscarriage of justice in the United States legal system.

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