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Recy Taylor

American civil rights activist and kidnap victim

Recy Elisabeth Taylor (December 31, 1919 – December 28, 2017)[2] was an African-American kidnapping and rape victim and activist.

Recy Taylor
Born
Recy Elisabeth Taylor

(1919-12-31)December 31, 1919
DiedDecember 28, 2017(2017-12-28) (aged 97)
OccupationSharecropper[1]

IncidentEdit

On September 3, 1944, she was kidnapped while leaving church and gang-raped by six white men.[3] Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men, meaning no charges were ever brought against her six assailants.

In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized on behalf of the state "for its failure to prosecute her attackers."[4]

DeathEdit

Taylor died of congestive heart failure in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, Alabama on December 28, 2017, just three days before her 98th birthday.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. L. McGuire, Danielle (December 6, 2010). "Rosa Parks' political journey didn't begin on the bus". The Grio.
  2. Danielle L. McGuire: At The Dark End of The Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (New York: Vintage Books, 2011), 279
  3. McGuire, Danielle L. (2010). At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power. Random House. pp. xv–xvii. ISBN 978-0-307-26906-5.
  4. "'Morally repugnant': Alabama issues apology for its treatment of black woman gang raped by six white men in 1944", The Daily Mail, March 30, 2011
  5. "Racy Taylor dies at 97". Fox News. December 28, 2017.

Other websitesEdit

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