scottsboro boys


NAACP and ILD represent scottsboro boys

3/1/1931 - 12/1/1931

NAACP and International Labor Defense (ILD) battle for the right to represent the Scottsboro boys.

arrest of scottsboro boys


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.

grand jury indicts the nine Scottsboro boys for rape.


trials begin


Trials begin in Scottboro before Judge A. E. Hawkins.

Roy Wrights trial ends


Clarence Norris, Charlie Weems, Haywood Patterson, Olen Montgomery, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Eugene Williams, and Andy Wright are tried and convicted, and sentenced to death. The trial of Roy Wright ends in a mistrial when some jurors hold out for a death sentence even though the prosecution asked for life imprisonment.

Executions are stayed pending appeal to Alabama Supreme Court


NAACP withdraws from case.