The Scottsboro accusers Victoria Price and Ruby Bates.
July 1, 1931 clipping from Workers News, an English language weekly published in Moscow.
NAACP Records/Library of Congress
NAACP attorney Juanita E. Jackson (4th from left) visiting Scottsboro boys, January 1937. Jackson was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland law school.
John Gates was active in the campaign to free the Scottsboro Boys. He later became the editor of the Communist Party newspaper, The Daily Worker.
International News Photo
Attorney Samuel Liebowitz introduces Ruby Bates as a speaker at the Scottsboro protest meeting in New York City on May 5, 1933.
It was Bates' first public speech on behalf of the nine defendants. She said at the time that she wanted to "live down" what she had said against the youths in their first trial.
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection/Library of Congress
Samuel S. Leibowitz (center), attorney for the Scottsboro case defendants, flanked by court appointed bodyguards L.M. Ouzts (left) and W.L. Snow (right), 1933.
April 10, 1933 newspaper clipping from the New Orleans Times Picayune
Andy Lanset Collection
On February 21, 1934, John Wexley's play about the Scottsboro case, They Shall Not Die, opened at New York's Royale Theater. The cast included Ruth Gordon, Helen Westley, Dean Jagger, Claude Rains, and Ben Smith.
April 2, 1935 newspaper clipping from The Baltimore Sun.
The Scottsboro Boys was a staged musical portrayal of the Scottsboro case. The show premiered Off Broadway in February 2010 and moved to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in October 2010. Despite good reviews, the show failed to attract large audiences—perhaps due to its controversial subject matter and its minstrel show format. It closed on December 12, 2010.
Andy Lanset Collection
Cover of a 1937 pamphlet by civil rights activist Angelo Herndon
New York World Sun and Telegram Collection/Library of Congress
Clarence Norris, one of the nine defendants in the "Scottsboro case", walks through the main cell gate at Kilby prison in Montgomery, Alabama, after receiving his parole in 1946.
A Scottsboro song written by Eli Siegmeister, and sung by him in the radio documentary. (The names listed are pen names).
Scottsboro support pin from the 1930s. (Andy Lanset Collection)
Scottsboro defendant Heywood Patterson in a publicity photo for his book Scottsboro Boy, published in June 1950.
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