Civil Rights Pioneer Recy Taylor Dies at 97

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.

Taylor’s brother Robert Corbitt says she died in her sleep Thursday at a nursing home in Abbeville. She would have been 98 on Sunday.

Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. She was left on the side of the road in an isolated area. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case and rallied support for justice for Taylor.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries decline to indict the six white men who admitted to authorities that they assaulted her.

The Alabama legislature passed a resolution apologizing to Taylor in 2011.

A 2017 documentary was made of the case, called The Rape of Recy Taylor, which was shown at the New York Film Festival.

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