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Alabamiana: Pardoning Clarence Norris, October 1976

It was forty years ago today – on Monday, October 25, 1976 – when Clarence Norris was pardoned by Alabama’s governor, George C. Wallace. Originally from Warm Springs, Georgia, Norris was the last living one of the “Scottsboro Boys,” a group of nine black teenagers and young men who were falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931. He had skipped parole decades earlier, in the 1940s, and had been living as fugitive in New York. A newspaper story from the day after his pardon quoted Norris as saying, “a… Read more Alabamiana: Pardoning Clarence Norris, October 1976