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.
March Nine black males who became known as the "Scottsboro Boys" were falsely charged with rape in Alabama. Over the course of 45 years and many re-trials, they were each pardoned from prison and declared (oops!
The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenagers accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The case included a frameup, an all-white jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, and an angry mob. This incident remains a prototypical example of an overall miscarriage of justice. On November 21, 2013, Alabama's parole board voted to grant posthumous pardons to the Scottsboro Boys.