Haywood Patterson

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Haywood Patterson

Haywood Patterson (1913 – August 24, 1952) was one of the Scottsboro Boys (See Powell v. Alabama). He was accused of raping Victoria Price and Ruby Bates.[1] He wrote a book about his experience, Scottsboro Boy (ISBN 1597401021).

Patterson was in his late teens when he and eight other young black men were accused of raping two white women on a train in 1931. Patterson was given the death sentence three times, but after appeals and retrials he was eventually sentenced to 75 years in prison. In 1948, Patterson escaped from prison and fled to Detroit. He was arrested by the FBI a few years later but was not extradited to Alabama. After a deadly bar fight he was again sentenced to prison where he soon died of cancer at the age of thirty-nine.[1][2]

In 2013, the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles posthumously pardoned Patterson along with two other Scottsboro boys, Charles Weems and Andy Wright. They were the last men whose convictions had not yet been overturned or pardoned.[3]

Joshua Henry played Patterson in the original Broadway cast of The Scottsboro Boys musical.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Haywood Patterson". law2.umkc.edu. Archived from the original on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Who Were the Scottsboro Boys?". Pbs.org. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Alabama pardons 'Scottsboro Boys'". BBC News. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (9 December 2010). "Tony Rulings: Brief Encounter and Long Story Are Best Plays; Daisy and Life Are Revivals". Playbill. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 


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