Recy Taylor, Whose 1944 Rape Inspired Black Womens Resistance, Dead At 97
Recy Taylor, the pitch-black wife from Alabama who bravely came forward in the 1940 s against her lily-white intruders, passed away on Thursday morning. She was 97 years old.
Taylor’s brother, Robert Corbitt, told NBC News that she died in her sleep at a nursing equipment in her hometown of Abbeville. Taylor, who is survived by Corbitt together with two sisters, a granddaughter and numerous great-grandchildren, would have been 98 on Sunday. Her daughter Joyce Lee Taylor tragically died in road accidents in 1967.
Corbitt told NBC that his sister was “a brave both women and a fighter” who shaped sure her articulation and narrative were listened.
Taylor’s story compiled national news in 1944 when she was kidnapped at gunpoint and brutally crimes by six lily-white gentlemen. The then-2 4-year-old was accompanying dwelling to her husband and young daughter after a late church service. After the men seized Taylor and onslaught her for several hours, they left her blindfolded on the side of the road.
“After they shambled over and did what they were going to do me, they say,’ We’re going to take you back. We’re going to put you out. But if you tell it, we’re going to kill you, ’” Taylor told NPR in 2011.
Despite security threats against their own lives, Taylor and her family immediately went to the police.
Seven gentlemen kidnapped Taylor that night: Hugo Wilson, Billy Howerton, Herbert Lovett, Luther Lee, Robert Gamble, Joe Culpepper and Dillard York. Although six members of the 7 adults crimes her( only one boy actually admitted to crimes Taylor ), an all-white, all-male jury are determined to not indict the men.
Her case was later taken up by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People( NAACP ). Rosa Parks, who was an advocate for pitch-black female victims of sexual violence at the time, was assigned to be the lead investigator on Taylor’s case. Parks herself had been a victim of an attempted crime by a white man in 1931 and embarked her vocation as an anti-rape organizer. She took Taylor’s case 12 times before her iconic refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama.