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JEREMY GUMBS IS EUGENE WILLIAMS
Eugene Williams was thirteen years old when he was pulled off a boxcar outside of Scottsboro, Alabama. He was the youngest of the nine “Scottsboro Boys.”
After his conviction, his mother Mamie Williams wrote, “My boy would have been in school today, but not having clothes even to go in, he went off to hunt for work.” The Williams family had been struck hard by the Depression. Eugene’s father worked only intermittently. Eugene’s mother wrote, “My furniture man has got all my furniture except two beds and a table I made myself.” Eugene, determined to pull his weight, left Chattanooga, hoping to find work on the Mississippi River. The next time Eugene saw his mother, he was in Kilby Prison, sentenced to die in the electric chair.
Read more about Eugene Williams at Scottsboro: An American Tragedy.
JEREMY GUMBS appeared as Young Simba in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway, US National/Asia Tours. Guthrie Theater: The Scottsboro Boys. Film/television: The Perfect Holiday, And Then Came Love, “All My Children.” National commercials. Thanks to God, my Family, Mollo, Ray Hesselink, Robert Marks and CESD.
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS begins performances October 7 and opens October 31 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street).
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