Recy Taylor, Rape Survivor and Civil Rights Activist, Dies Days Before 98th Birthday

Melody Gulliver Black History, Culture

Recy Taylor, daughter of Alabama sharecroppers, passed away ten days before her 98th birthday in her Abbeville nursing home. Taylor had become a prominent civil and women’s rights activist after surviving a traumatic rape during the Jim Crow era. In 1944, 24-year old Recy Taylor was brutally raped by six white men while walking home from church in Alabama. With …