Nine young black males, aged 13 to 21 riding an open freight car through rural Alabama were jailed and put on trial after being accused of raping two white women who were also aboard the train.
The Supreme Court declared that poor defendants facing the death penalty must be provided with adequate counsel.
A second landmark U.S. supreme court decision- Norris v.s. Alabama (1935)- again returned the death this time because Alabama prohibited African Americans from sitting on the juries.
Five of the defendants were convicted and given long prison sentences. The change against the other four defendants was dropped.
Haywood Patterson escapes from prison. Patterson is convinced of manslaughter after his involvement in the death of another man in a bar fight. He dies of cancer in prison
More than 82 years after they were wrongfully accused, the Scottsboro boys are officially granted a pardon by the governor in Alabama.