Recy <I>Corbitt</I> Taylor

Recy Corbitt Taylor

Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama, USA
Death 28 Dec 2017 (aged 97)
Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama, USA
Burial Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 186201816 · View Source
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Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, died Thursday. She was 97. Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, her brother Robert Corbitt said. He said Taylor had been in good spirits the previous day and her death was sudden. She would have been 98 on Sunday. Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped on September 3, 1944 as she walked home from the Rock Hill Holiness Church in Abbeville, Alabama. The rape was so violent that she wasn't able to have any more children. Her attackers left her on the side of the road in an isolated area. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case, and she rallied support for justice for Taylor. Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to indict the six white men who admitted to authorities that they sexually assaulted her. In a 2010 interview, Taylor told The Associated Press that she believes the men who attacked her are dead, but she still would like an apology from officials. “It would mean a whole lot to me,” Taylor said. “The people who done this to me, ... they can’t do no apologizing. Most of them is gone.” The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution apologizing to her in 2011. A 2017 documentary was made of the case, called "The Rape of Recy Taylor." Taylor is survived by her brother Robert Corbitt along with two sisters, a granddaughter and multiple great-grandchildren. Her daughter Joyce Lee Taylor tragically died in a car accident in 1967.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Recy Corbitt Taylor (31 Dec 1919–28 Dec 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 186201816, citing New Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Abbeville, Henry County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Mary Cummins (contributor 48205043) .