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Pardon of ‘Scottsboro Boys’ near

Members of the Alabama National Guard escort the “Scottsboro Boys” into the Morgan County Courthouse in this 1933 photo. Nine black boys were falsely accused by two white women of rape in 1931. (Associated Press)
Members of the Alabama National Guard escort the “Scottsboro Boys” into the Morgan County Courthouse in this 1933 photo. Nine black boys were falsely accused by two white women of rape in 1931. (Associated Press)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Opening a final chapter to one of the most important civil rights episodes in American history, Alabama lawmakers voted Thursday to allow posthumous pardons for the “Scottsboro Boys”: nine black teens who were wrongly convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago.

The bill setting up a procedure to pardon the group must be signed by Gov. Robert Bentley to become law. He plans to study the legislation but has said he favors the pardons.

All but the youngest member of the group, whose ages ranged from 13 to 19, were sent to death row after false accusations from the women and convictions by all-white juries. All were eventually freed without executions.

Better late than never?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.







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