Recy Taylor, Alabama civil rights icon, who was raped by six white men, dies at 97

A black Alabama woman Recy Taylor, who was raped by six white men in the year 1944 and drew national attention, died on Thursday. She was 97.

Rober Corbitt said that Taylor died while she was asleep at a nursing home in Abbeville. He said that the previous day, Taylor was in good spirits and her death happened all of a sudden. It would have been her 98th birthday on Sunday.

Taylor’s story along with the stories of other black women, who were attacked by white men in the civil rights era, is well narrated in At the Dark End of The Street book written by Danielle McGuire, published in the year 2010. This year, a documentary on Taylor’s case was released this year titled The Rape of Recy Taylor.

Nancy Buirski, who is best known for directing The Loving Story, has directed The Rape of Recy Taylor documentary. Buirski told the media, “This is such an important time in this country’s path to recognize Recy Taylor. With women being singled out on Time magazine’s cover, as part of the #MeToo campaign, I want to draw attention to the black women who spoke up when their lives were seriously in danger.”

Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped by six white men as she walked home from church in Abbeville. After raping her, the attackers left her in an isolated area, at the side of the road. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case. Rosa fought for Taylor and railed in a lot of support for justice for her.

Even though the six white men admitted to the authorities that they had assaulted Taylor, Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to indict them. In an interview in the year 2010, Taylor told The Associated Press that she believes the men who assaulted her are dead but still, she would like an apology from officials.

Later in 2011, a resolution was passed by the Alabama Legislature passed apologizing to her.

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