The state of Alabama alleged, despite a lack of evidence, that nine young blacks had gang raped two white women on a Southern Railroad train on March 25, 1931. It was viewed throughout the world as an example of white injustice to blacks in the Deep South. The convictions and death sentences imposed by all-white juries were eventually overturned after a series of trials and retrials that took many years.
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