Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center, Scottsboro

#113 of 129 in Museums in Alabama
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center is located at 428 West Willow Street, Scottsboro, Alabama. Its goal is "to bring honor and dignity to the lives and cases of nine black teenagers accused of raping two white women while traveling through Jackson County on a train in 1931." It is located in the former Joyce Chapel United Methodist Church, an African-American church, which because of declining attendance closed in 2009. It is the oldest surviving African-American church in the county.
The museum opened in 2010. Museum founder Sheila Washington had been collecting items related to the Scottsboro Boys for ten years. Exhibits include: "a large metal table from the 'bull pen,' the Scottsboro Boys' cell in the Jackson County Jail; a jury chair used in the Scottsboro trials; stamps sold in the 1930s to raise funds for the boys' defense; 1930s newspaper articles; and photos of the trials, including many hidden from public view for decades." It also includes local scrapbooks.
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  • This is a must-see in Scottsboro. I spent time with Sheila Washington, who oversees the museum and she can weave a story. Scottsboro's history is America's history and here you can learn the true...  more »
  • While driving around following Civil Rights trails, we drove into Scottsboro and were pleased to find a Center devoted to the Scottsboro Boys. The center is educational and full of details. The...  more »
  • Beautiful presentation by the director of the museum. This is a story we should not forget because it is an example of injustice continually dealt out to melanin-rich Americans throughout our history. Everyone who cares about educating our society and preventing future atrocities should support, visit, and donate to this museum and its restoration project.
  • This place is absolutely amazing! It is truly a hidden gem in Scottsboro! This little place holds so much amazing history. I truly loved my experience here as did my entire group! I would definitely recommend a visit!

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