Funeral for Scottsboro Boys Museum founder Sheila Washington

first_imgSCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A funeral has been held for Sheila Washington, founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center in Alabama. The museum is dedicated to exploring the racial injustice committed against nine young African-Americans falsely accused of raping two white women in 1930s Alabama. Washington died Jan. 29 at age 61 and her funeral was held Saturday. She opened the Scottsboro, Alabama, museum in 2010. It sheds light on the case of the nine young Blacks who faced all-white juries. All but the youngest defendant were sentenced to death. Five of the men’s convictions were overturned in 1937 and all were ultimately freed and exonerated.last_img

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