Athens to host exhibit on Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys

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Athens-Limestone Public Library will hosted a kick-off for the exhibition on February 18. Horton's granddaughter, Kathy Horton Garett, and the judge's daughter in law, Katherine Horton, are loaning items to the library for the exhibit. One of those unique items is a lard bucket full of letters that were sent to Horton during the 1930's retrial of one of the Scottsboro Boys defendants

The Scottsboro Boys case involved nine black men accused of raping two white women in 1931 on a train traveling from Tennessee into Alabama. Eight of the nine men were sentenced in Scottsboro to death despite a lack of evidence. The U.S. Supreme Court granted an appeal for new trials in Decatur, where Horton presided over defendant Haywood Patterson`s trial.

The exhibit, which is a partnership between Limestone and Morgan counties, will be available for public viewing from February 18 - March 1st at the library on Jefferson Street in Athens.