Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur says a resolution will declare the nine exonerated and a bill will give the state parole board the authority to issue pardons.
The founder of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, Sheila Washington, said Monday she's been working toward that goal since the museum opened in an old Scottsboro church in 2010. She said the announcement by the legislators gives her hope that an injustice will be corrected.
Only one of the Scottsboro Boys, Clarence Norris, was formally pardoned while he was still alive.
The bill and resolution will be introduced in the legislative session starting Tuesday.