Montgomery, AL -- The Alabama Legislature has cleared the way for posthumous pardons of the Scottsboro Boys, but much work remains before the names of the nine black teens wrongly convicted more than 80 years ago are officially cleared.
The Scottsboro Boys were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women in Alabama in 1931. All but one were sentenced to death, even though one woman recanted her story. All eventually got out of prison. Only one was pardoned before death.
Before pardons are issued, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles must receive applications. Then the board would hold a public hearing and vote. The board says it hasn't received any paperwork yet.
But the founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum said that will happen soon -- likely a few weeks.