Recy Taylor, the young mother and sharecropper who spearheaded an anti-rape activism movement in the Jim Crow South after being abducted and gang raped in 1944 by six White men, died Thursday in an Abbeville, Alabama, nursing home. She was 97.
Taylor, who died just three days before her 98th birthday, reportedly had been in good spirits the day before her death.
Her abduction and assault, which occurred while she was walking home from church in Abbeville, made national headlines. Though the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice, none of the attackers were ever indicted.
“The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a documentary of the incident, screened in October at the New York Film Festival.