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The Scottsboro Boys

Exhibit: January 26–March 6, 2017

Photo of Scottsboro boys

The University Library invites you to view a Scottsboro Boys exhibit hightlighting items from the Judge James Horton Collection and a traveling exhibit of the Fred Hiroshige Photographs. The travelling exhibit is showing February 23-March 3, 2017.

The Scottsboro Boys were 9 teenage black men falsely accused of attacking two women on a train in March of 1931. Although there was no evidence of their guilt, outside of the testimony of the two women, the men were quickly arrested and found guilty of the crime. By the time appeals were made, the case had gained national attention. In 1933 the re-trial of Haywood Patterson, one of the Scottsboro boys, was transfered to Judge Horton's circuit courtroom in Decatur, Alabama.

Judge James E. Horton

the Judge

James E. Horton was born in Limestone County, Alabama in 1872. He received a law degree from the Cumberland School of Law, then located in Tennessee, in 1899. He was elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1910 where he served for six years. In 1922 he was elected Circuit Judge. During the fifth year of his second term, 1933, the re-trial of Scottsboro Boy, Haywood Patterson, was transferred to his courtroom in Decatur, Alabama. On June 22 that same year, Judge Horton vacated the guilty verdict of the jury.

The Horton Collection exhibit is located on the first floor of the university library both sides of the grand staircase.

The Scottsboro Boys, Fred Hiroshige Photographs Exhibit

Title panel of exhibit

This traveling exhibit was created and is owned by the Morgan County, Alabama Archives. The narrative panels and the black and white framed photos along with their corresponding captions, are designed to walk the viewer through the chain events.

The Fred Hiroshige Photographs exhibit is located on the second floor of the university library, February 23-March 3, 2017.

Upcoming Event

Lunch and Learn event

Feb. 28, 2017
11:30 a.m., Howard Room
Lunch and Learn: Scottsboro Boys.

John Allison, an archivist from Morgan County, Alabama, will discuss the famous Scottsboro Boys trials from the 1930s that resulted in landmark legal action around racism and fair trials.

Register here.

some text taken from Judge James Horton, Special Collection Treasure


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