The "Scottsboro Stories" blog reflects the writings, photographs, arrangements, opinions and musings of me, Garry L. Morgan, only. I do not represent the Scottsboro Boys Museum or the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation - the parent organization of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. I receive no profit from this endeavor. This blog is for educational purposes and that of open expression about racial and sexual discrimination, institutional and personal racism and the deadliest war of all time - "The Culture War."


The Ledger: "Scottsboro, Ala., Museum Opens to Mark a Shameful Case "

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scottsboro Boys Museum Speaking Engagements and Events

Members of the current Leadership Jackson County Program tour the Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center.
About the Leadership Jackson County program.

Left to Right: Garry Morgan, Historian Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center; Ms. Sheila Washington, Director Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center; Mr. Bill Talley, Program Director of the Scottsboro Rotary Club.

Ms. Washington tells the story of the Scottsboro Boys Museum to the Rotary Club. She relates how the case has changed the course of legal history within the United States, its meaning to her and the reasons for the founding of the Scottsboro Boys Museum. (Note the "Scottsboro Boys Museum Open House" You Tube video in the right hand column.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

93 Years Ago--The 'Night of Terror" Nov. 15, 1917, A Photo Expose

A photo expose, The Night of Terror, November 15, 1917. One of the most despicable events and miscarriages of justice in our nations history. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana

Take note of the brave and heroic women who suffered for the right to vote.

Conferring over ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at National Woman's Party headquarters, Jackson Place, Washington , D.C. . L-R Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul,Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, 'Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.'

Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate

Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York
Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.

(Alice Paul) When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike,they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

(Dora Lewis) They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu,thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional Affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking,slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

(Lucy Burns) They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted obstructing sidewalk traffic.
A story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
Thus unfolded the'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
The cruelty and savage beatings inflicted on these women was a grievous act of tyranny. The sacrifices of these brave and heroic women must never be forgotten. An event which occurred 93 years ago this month.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Protest of the Scottsboro Boys Play

Some members of the African American Community do not appreciate the minstrel show. " The Scottsboro Boys case is not humorous...never give up...this is what the Freedom Party is about!"

Many valid points are made in the protest. I recommend this video, another side of the story.

Where is the humor in a miscarriage of justice? Out of controversy an awareness is created, discussion is stimulated and education may be acquired for those who have an open mind.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Death Warrant for Haywood Patterson

The Death Warrant of Haywood Patterson. (click on image for an expanded view)
While searching for documents relating to the "Scottsboro Boys Case" several original, undiscovered documents were found in the Circuit Court Historical File area relating to the Scottsboro Boys Case, including this death warrant.
All discovered documents related to this case were turned over to the Clerk of the Circuit Court so they may be safe guarded and properly preserved. Several case documents have disappeared relating to this case. It is important that all aspects of this important case be preserved so the public may have access to these documents.
The Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center maintains copies of available case records at the museum.
It is time local citizens and/or organizations who hold the original records to this case return them to the Circuit Court Clerks Office or in the case of supporting documents such as the Jackson County Jail Ledger Food Record for the time frame of the case, make those documents available for the public during normal business hours.
If you hold any original case file documents and would like to remain anonymous, you may send the file or documents to the Clerk of the Court at: Ken Ferrell-Circuit Clerk, P.O.Box 397, Scottsboro, Al., 35768.