The Scottsboro Boys Trials in Photos

Unmute to listen.

Copyrighted Photos Courtesy of Morgan County Archives

(John Allison, Archivist) 

Other Civil Rights Cases

On September 9, 1963, Sonnie Hereford IV became the first Black student to attend an Alabama Public school.

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Sonnie Hereford IV and

Dr. Sonnie Hereford III, M.D.

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On May 23, 1978, in Decatur, Alabama, Tommy Lee Hines, a 25-year-old mentally disabled Black man with an IQ of roughly 35 (i.e., equivalent to a six-year-old), was initially charged with loitering and later charged with raping three white women and robbing one of them.  Blacks in Decatur were outraged and took to the streets of Decatur in protest.  Hines, inadvertently, had become a symbol of civil rights.