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Scottsboro Boys and Juanita Jackson Mitchell

Britton & Patterson, active 1936
Ozie Powell, 1916 - ?
Olen Montgomery, 1914 - ?
William Roberson, 1915 - ?
Juanita Jackson Mitchell, 2 Jan 1913 - 7 Jul 1992
Charles Weems, 1911 - ?
Clarence Norris, 1912 - 23 Jan 1989
Haywood Patterson, 1913 - 24 Aug 1952
Laura Kellum, 20th Century
Andrew Wright, 1912 - ?
Eugene Williams, 1918 - ?
Ernest W. Taggart, 20th Century
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 19 x 23.8 cm (7 1/2 x 9 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Elizabeth Ann Hylton
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This 1936 photograph—featuring eight of the nine Scottsboro Boys with NAACP representatives Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Laura Kellum, and Dr. Ernest W. Taggart—was taken inside the prison where the Scottsboro Boys were being held. Falsely accused of raping two white women aboard a freight train in 1931, the nine African American teenagers were tried in Scottsboro, Alabama, in what became a sensational case attracting national attention. Eight of the defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death; the trial of the ninth ended in a mistrial. These verdicts were widely condemned at the time. Before the young men eventually won their freedom, they would endure many years in prison and face numerous retrials and hearings. The ninth member of the group, Roy Wright, refused to pose for this portrait on account of his frustration with the slow pace of their legal battle.
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National Portrait Gallery
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