scottsboro - On a group of nine black boys on a train were...

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On March 25, 1931 , a group of nine black boys on a train were accused of raping two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates. The group of boys consisted of Haywood Patterson, Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Willie Roberson, Andrew Wright, Ozie Powell, Eugene Williams, Charley Weems, and Roy Wright. After being arrested at the train station in Paint Rock , Alabama they were driven to Scottsboro , Alabama, where they awaited trial. As stated by James Goodman in Stories of Scottsboro "In the beginning, white Alabamans heard and told the story of a brutal rape. From the train station in Paint Rock and the jail in Scottsboro, news of the attack, the crowd outside the jail, and the averted lynching 'spread like wildfire through Jackson County during the afternoon' and evening of March 25. No news spread faster in Alabama, or anywhere in the South, than the rumor or report of rape; this was the rape of two white girls by nine black men. No one had heard of a more horrible crime." (Goodman, 11). The trial took place, for the first time, on Monday , April 6 , 1931. Two hundred national guardsmen were at the
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