Scottsboro museum opens to tell civil rights story of the Scottsboro boys

By Stephen McLamb
Posted by Sam McAdams - email

SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - After many years in the making, the story of one of the earliest civil rights cases is now being told.

The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center opened Monday, February 1st.

Accused of raping two white women in the early 1930's, the Scottsboro Boys were nine black defendants working to clear their names of the crime.

Now inside the walls of a historic black church, their story can be told for generations to come.

Spiritual songs were heard Monday at Joyce Chapel in Scottsboro like they were many times during the civil rights movement.

But now, it was the dedication and formal opening of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.

Organizer Sheila Washington said it's a dream that's 17 years in the making.

Paying tribute to the efforts of the Scottsboro Boys is fitting to be in a church that was the first school in the city for African-Americans.

Now it will teach many others about the Scottsboro Boys.

"To me it sparked the biggest civil rights movement ever in history. That's what excites me, to educate our children. You know, they've heard of the small story. But this is a big story to be told," said Washington.

The museum will be open every second and third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Washington said they're accepting donations to help pay for the church and hope to expand times for the museum in the future.

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