If we want a strong future for everyone, we must learn from the past and recognize how to change the world for the better. The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center continues to teach visitors about the events of 1931 and how they impacted the falsely accused “Scottsboro boys.” Now, with the renovations for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center underway, the museum can continue to educate people for years to come.
Who were the Scottsboro boys?
In 1931, nine African-American teenagers were falsely accused of sexually assaulting two white women while riding on a freight train.
They then endured years of attacks, mobs, trials, and horrific violence. Eight of them were given death penalty convictions, which were thankfully overturned due to the dedicated work of activists and appeals.
The trials—and accusations—are now widely known to be a sham. Though all have since been pardoned—some posthumously—they did not receive the real justice they deserved. The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center was created to honor them, and to show us all that we must work to ensure a future of equality.
What renovations are underway?
After a successful fundraiser and the hard work of museum founder Sheila Washington and other activists and donors, the renovations for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center are underway. The fundraiser this past February occurred 10 years after the Museum’s opening, commemorating its creation and Black History Month.
When the Museum reopens, it will include new additions such as:
- Displays with contemporary events in the South with historical and cultural relevance;
- New technology; and
- A depiction of the courtroom.
How can I support the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center?
There are several ways you can support the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center. If you want to help out, you can:
- Make a donation to the Museum;
- Learn more about the Scottsboro Boys and other victims of injustice;
- Talk about the Museum on social media or to people you know; and
- Visit the Museum when it reopens.
You can find the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center at 428 West Willow St. When it reopens, it will most likely keep the same hours opening each month on the second and third Saturdays. You can also book an appointment.
The new renovations for the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center will help the community honor the falsely accused and imprisoned Scottsboro Boys. Thank you to all of the supporters, donors, and dedicated workers behind this important local site. If you can see it when it reopens, we recommend taking a reflective visit.