The Scottsboro Boys were nine Black teenage boys (the youngest was 13 and the oldest was 19) accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-White jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.
The Scottsboro Boys. No crime in American history-let alone a crime that never occurred-produced as many trials, convictions, reversals, and retrials as did an alleged gang rape of two white girls by nine black teenagers on March 25, 1931. 82 years later, on April 4, 2013, the Alabama legislature unanimously voted to pardon the accused.
Scottsboro Boys Falsely Accused March 25, 1931 The Scottsboro Boys, nine young African Americans, were falsely charged with rape and collectively served more than 100 years in prison. The right of African Americans to serve on juries was established by their case.