DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY)- The Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur will exhibit The "Scottsboro Boys":Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity from February 15th thru March 30th.
In 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white women aboard a train in North Alabama. The trial in Scottsboro resulted in all nine men being sentenced to death. But they were granted a mistrial after appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the women later recanted her story.
According to John Allison with the Morgan County Archives, the exhibit picks up in 1933 when the retrials began in Decatur. The exhibit will include over 35 black and white photographs from the retrial of Haywood Patterson, one of the Scottsboro Boys.
Decatur photographer, Fred Hiroshige, took the photos during the trial. He kept 127 negatives that were sold to the Morgan County Commission in 1998. The negatives were added to the Morgan County Archives and will now become part of a traveling exhibit that will begin at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.
"Although the events did not occur here, all the subsequent trials occurred here so it really does become a Decatur story and it's something Decatur has to deal with in our history" says Allison.
The exhibit is free to the public.