More work ahead in Alabama for Scottsboro Boys pardons


By Kristen Fisher

More than 80 years ago, nine black teens, known as the Scottsboro Boys, were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women and while the Alabama Legislature cleared the way for their pardons, there is still work ahead before they are officially cleared.

The Scottsboro Boys were convicted by all-white jurors of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931.

All but one was sentenced to death, even though one woman backed down from her story. All were eventually released from prison and only one was pardoned before death.

Before pardons are issued, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles must receive applications, hold a public hearing and vote. 

The board says it hasn't received any paperwork yet, but the founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum said that should happen in a few weeks.

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