Three weeks after the release of “The Rape of Recy Taylor” – a documentary based on her rape, Recy Taylor passed away last December at the age of 97.
Recy was only 24 when she was attacked and raped by 6 white men on her way home from church in Abbeville, Alabama on the night of September 3, 1944.
The men had forced her into their car at gunpoint and driven away to a grove of pine trees. Her pleas that she was married and had a baby fell on deaf ears. They went ahead to disrobe her and have their turns with her.
And despite the story of her rape getting wide coverage back then and even a confession by one of the culprits, none of the rapists was indicted by the court for the crime.
The case gained renewed attention decades later in 2010 after historian Danielle L. McGuire published her book, “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,” prompting an official apology by the Alabama legislature and state government.
Recy is survived by a brother, two sisters – Lillie Kinsey and Mary Murry; a granddaughter; and several great-grandchildren.