On Feb. 1, 2020, the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center (SBMCC) will be celebrating a milestone of community education and service. These 10 years has brought educational awareness to thousands of people, of the plight of nine young black men.
Nine young black men falsely accused of a crime they did not commit. Falsely accused and tried several times, these brave young men endured hardship and pain. Ten years ago, several members of the community united together under the banner of keeping the story of the tragedy of these young men alive.
The SBMCC was formed to educate and inform the community, and the public of the Scottsboro Boys arrest and trials. Less we forget and repeat these atrocities. Six individuals from various backgrounds worked tirelessly together to bring a dream into a reality. We as founding members want to congratulate the SBMCC and current Board Members for 10 years of community service.
As we continue to celebrate the first 10 years of SBMCC, we pause to reflect on the early history and founding of the museum. The inception was derived from the AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE SCOTTSBORO /JACKSON COUNTY MULTI-CULTURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION filed in Jackson County, Alabama on June 6, 2009, Floyd Hambrick Jr., Judge of Probate.
There was a second filing in the same office on Jan. 27, 2010 and it reads as follow:
AMENDMENT TO ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF THE SCOTTSBORO/ JACKSON COUNTY MULTI-CULTURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION. These Amendments of the ARTICLES of Incorporation are signed and acknowledged by the Board of Directors for the purpose of forming the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center. This amendment shall acknowledge and complies with the provisions of the Code of Alabama, 1975, known as the Alabama Nonprofit Corporation Act and to comply with Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, as follows:
Section 3.10. Committees. The Board may, by resolution adopted by a majority of the Board members in office, establish committees of the Board composed of at least two (2) persons which may include non-Board members. The Board may make such provisions for appointment of the chair of such committees; establish such procedures to govern their activities, and delegate thereto such authority as may be necessary or desirable for the efficient management of the property, affairs, business, and activities of the organizations.
Approved by the Board of Directors on January 12, 2010.
Shelia Washington- Chair
Clifford Parrish- Vice Chair
Gary Speers- Treasurer
Kim Speers- Secretary
Charles Elliott- Director
Louise Tolliver- Director
Renada Earl Walsh served for a brief period of time and later Garry Morgan served as Historian for the museum. Visit scottsborostories.blogspot.com for additional information.
As we celebrate this historical time in our local and national history, the original founding fathers of the SBMCC would like to encourage the current Board members to continue with their good works to educate our local and global community and all those that are interested in never repeating the mistakes of the past.
The process of incorporating, acquiring and purchasing the church facility that is now the museum was no easy venture. There were many restless days, slippery slopes and concerned meetings as we worked hard to achieve our goals. The story is one worth knowing and recording as part of the museum’s history also.
We came together and worked together as a co-founding group to realize a dream that would have never been realized without our group effort and other contributions to this project. There were days that we thought the building would be sold out from under us. The research and hard work needs to be told and kept as part of the museum’s history.
Some of the original co-founders have passed on now, but their hard work and perseverance along with the remaining co-founders of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center should not be forgotten. This project was no one man/woman achievement and history should be recorded as such. Many other contributions including support from the Jackson County Legislative Delegation led by State Sen. Lowell Barron and State Rep. John Robinson were significant. Also, we would like to recognize the anonymous donors of the Jewish community in Alabama. Many other contributions should be on record at the museum that made this dream a reality.
Our best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors for the museum from the original co-founders,
Renada Earl Walsh
Louise Tolliver (deceased)
Charles Elliott (deceased)