December 8, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House has reached back into history and apologized for the way authorities handled the 1944
rape of a young black woman by a gang of white men as she walked
home from church in Abbeville in southwest Alabama.
The House approved by an apparent unanimous voice vote a
resolution that expresses "deepest sympathies and solemn regrets"
to the woman, who is now 91.
Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the suspects.
The resolution by Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville
says the failure to prosecute the men was "morally abhorrent and
The victim is in poor health and lives in Florida. Grimsley said
he plans to personally present her with a copy of the resolution.
The resolution has gone to the Alabama Senate for debate.