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The Story The year is 1931 The location is Scottsboro Alabama A couple of white females sneak onto a freight train A few minutes later twelve male African-Americans enter the same car What happens next is hard to tell it depends on who you ask Some say that indeed a tremendous crime was committed on that bright and sunny day while others just say the girls did it specifically to get publicity It all started on March 24 1931 Two white females twenty-four-year-old Victoria Price and seventeen-year-old Ruby Bates They were two young women who after hard low-pay work at the mills in Huntsville turned to prostitution and drunkenness They according to Victoria Price the leader of the two were on their way to Chattanooga in Tennessee to visit for the night an elderly woman named Miss Calie Brochie According to the record Victoria did not know specifically where Miss Brochie lived but had asked a young boy who told her it was the fourth house on the block at Seventh Street There it is said by Victoria that they spent the night to find work there in the city the next day When they didnt find work they went to the train station there in Chattanooga and sneaked onto another freight train moving in the direction of Huntsville As the story continues Victoria and Ruby were said to be there for only a few minutes accomppied with seven white males one identified as Orvil Gilley When all of a sudden twelve male African-Americans entered onto the same car Victoria identified Charlie Weems the oldest of the twelve as the leader It is said by Victoria that he entered in carrying a pistol The next thing they knew Charlie Weems and the other African-Americans forced six of the seven white males of the train Leaving twenty-one-year-old Orvil Gilley on the train because he was too scared to jump from the
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