Recy Taylor’s Story via npr:
- Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala., on the night of Sept. 3, 1944, when she was abducted and raped by six white men.
- The crime was extensively covered in the black press and an early catalyst for the civil rights movement. The N.A.A.C.P. sent a young activist from its Montgomery, Ala., chapter named Rosa Parks to investigate.
- Despite the rapists being identified, and at least one man's confession to the crimes, none were ever punished.
- Mrs. Taylor received an official apology in 2011 by the Alabama Legislature, which called the failure to prosecute her attackers “morally abhorrent and repugnant.”
- Mrs. Taylor died in Abbeville on December 28, 2017, three weeks after the release of “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a documentary about the crime. She was 97. Preview Below:
“Many ladies got raped,” Mrs. Taylor said in the film, interviewed by its director, Nancy Buirski. “The peoples there — they seemed like they wasn’t concerned about what happened to me, and theydidn’t try and do nothing about it. I can’t help but tell the truth of what they done to me.”
We all can learn something from Mrs. Taylor, what a brave and strong woman who fought for justice in 1944. She could have been killed for speaking her truth but she did not let that stop her. We will never forget. May her soul rest in peace.