In this research paper I plain to talk about the Scottsboro trail that included nine black boys who were accused of raping two white girls and were sent to jail for 4 years. Johnson’s account makes me wonder what really happened on that train.
The date was March 25, 1931, were nine black boys were “Hobo riding” a train from Chattanooga, Tennessee that was on its way to Memphis Tennessee. A fight broke out with some white boys. Amongst the boys the result was the white boys got kicked off the train. Shortly after
On March 25, 1931 a deputy sheriff group in Paint Rock, Alabama stopped a freight train traveling from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hoboeing was a common "pastime" in the Depression year of 1931. It was when men, and sometimes women, caught trains traveling to different places to try and find jobs. On the twenty-fifth of March two dozen men rode on the Chattanooga bound train, yet the deputies only arrested nine young black men, in age ranging from twelve to twenty, for potential rape and violence (or fighting). The arrested men were Roy and Andy Wright, Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Robertson, Charles Weems, and Eugene Williams. In addition to the two dozen mixed men, they found two white males and two white women dressed in men's overalls. While going over a top of a box car, one of the white men stepped on the hand of Haywood Patterson. A "stone-throwing" fight broke out between the white boys and the group of black boys. The two women who witnessed the fight were Victoria Price and Ruby Bates (Players 1).
Roy and Andy Wright were brothers, who were arrested along with the other