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Scottsboro Boys Museum Opening

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) - A museum commemorating a court case cited as a landmark for the civil rights movement is opening in the city where the initial trial took place.

The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center opened Monday. It's located a few blocks from the courthouse where nine black men had their first trial on a charge of raping two white women in 1931 on a train passing through Jackson County.

The case led to two rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court - the right to legal counsel and the right to equal protection under the law.

All nine men were convicted at their first trial. After a judge ordered a new trial, four men had their charges dropped, four received lengthy prison sentences and one was sentenced to death. He was eventually pardoned.

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Information from: The Huntsville Times, http://www.al.com/huntsville

 

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