Join us as we celebrate Juneteenth at the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center. The celebration will be held on June 20th from 10am until 12 noon. Please share this banner with your family and friends.
- Celebration of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Holiday
3rd Monday @ 9:00 a.m.
- Black History Month Celebration
1st Monday (Program includes a proclamation by Scottsboro’s mayor and the Jackson County Commission chair, a guest speaker and special singers)
- Anniversary of the Scottsboro Trials
- Juneteenth Celebration
3rd Saturday beginning @ 10 a.m. (Venders and food, program with guest speaker at noon)
- Open house at the Museum
3rd Sunday @ 5 p.m.
Louisiana Scout troop tours museum
-Posted by Garry Morgan, Museum historian
Scout Troop 65 from Monroe, Louisiana, visited the Scottsboro Boys Museum Tuesday, July 6, 2010. The Scout troop’s nickname is the “Time Travelers” and it is a co-ed troop of Explorer Scouts.
Rev. Roosevelt Wright is the scout master and stated that the book “The Children of Panther Burn” created interest for the trip to Scottsboro.
Read the Scottsboro Daily Sentinel article.
Scout Troop 65 from Monroe, La., visited the Scottsboro Boys Museum July 6, 2010.
Troop 65 members tour the Museum
Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter (center) and Museum Founder Shelia Washington (right) speak to members of the scout group.
Juneteenth celebration at the Museum
-Posted by Garry Morgan, Museum historian
The Juneteenth celebration at the Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center was a memorable event. Seventy-five people ate with us at the 2010 celebration, held June 17.
Dr. and Mrs. Kwando Kinshasa visited Scottsboro over the weekend, and Dr. Kinshasa, professor of African American Studies at John Jay College at the City University of New York, made a presentation at the museum. He has written a book about the Scottsboro boys incident with a focus on Clarence Norris, one of the so-called “Scottsboro boys” who fled Alabama authorities. Read the Huntsville Times article about his visit.
Forty-five people stayed for Dr. Kinshasa’s moving presentation. He told the group about his interview with Mr. Clarence Norris and showed a video in which Mr. Norris spoke bluntly about his experiences on death row in Jim Crow Alabama. He also spoke of Attorney General Thomas E. Knight and the judges.
Dr. Kinshasa’s account of the raid at Harper’s Ferry, in which abolitionist John Brown and his men attacked the U.S. Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va., in an effort to help free some slaves, was equally interesting. He told of the five African Americans who participated in the raid. One of the African Americans was Lewis Sheridan Leary.
Dr. Kinshasa also spoke about the four states of the Union in which the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply. They were Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky and Missouri; those states did not secede from the Union, but practiced slavery. Also of interest was the revelation Adolph Hitler sent an envoy to the Southern states to study the justice system of the Jim Crow South.
Dr. Kinshasa’s theme was that of the “exit, voice and loyalty framework” as it applies to African Americans and the Scottsboro Boys. “Exit, voice and loyalty” is a process that reflects a political community and people’s migration from tyranny. An oppressed people will flee an area of oppression to have their voice heard, while remaining loyal to their cause and people. Such is the case of the Scottsboro Boys. As one examines the Scottsboro Boys mothers and families stricken by the horrors of tyrannical Jim Crow white supremacy, the framework of “exit, voice and loyalty” becomes very clear, particularly since the mothers of the Scottsboro defendants traveled around the world in attempts to gain justice and freedom for their children.
Many thanks to the numerous individuals and retail businesses in Scottsboro that made contributions toward our event: Reverend R. L Shanklin, Ms. Cheryl Snodgrass Caffey, Ms. Louise Johnson, Ms. Elizabeth Johnson, Mayor Ann Martin, Ms. Betty Price, Mr. Byron Green, Mrs. Lynda Hodges, Flowers Bread, Golden Flake Potato Chips, Little Debbie Pastries, Maples Rugs, Purity Ice Cream, Scottsboro Meat Market and WalMart.
Other speakers included Ms. Sheila Washington, Museum founder, and Ms. Cheryl Snodgrass Caffey, who spoke about the meaning of the Juneteenth event. I provided a call to the community and gave Mr. and Mrs. Gary Spears a gift of appreciation for their service to the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.
Several singers graced the halls of Joyce Chapel. They included Mr. Alex Ellison, Mr. Howard Branford and Mr. Franklin McDaniels, who brought his harmonica.