Oprah visits Wiregrass; speaks to Devon Sellers

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 11:36 PM CST
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She is on a first name basis with the world, and today her world was the Wiregrass.

WTVY's Devon Sellers got a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey before she left to find out what brought her to town.

I don’t believe in coincidences, but if I did this would be a powerful one. On assignment for @60minutes I end up in the...

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She was here on assignment with 60 Minutes, focusing on the Peace and Justice Memorial Project in Montgomery.

It's a national memorial to victims of lynching and expected to open this year.

Oprah says she interviewed families whose relatives died decades ago, including Wes Johnson - lynched in 1937.

Because of her speech at the Golden Globes, many people speculated Winfrey's visit was tied to Recy Taylor's story.

Taylor was raped by six white men while she was walking home from church in 1944.

An all white jury refused to indict them... despite their confession.

Taylor died at the end of December just shy of 98 years old.

Oprah says,"I had no idea when I accepted the story for 60 Minutes this was also the same town that Recy Taylor was raised in.

Although I've never met her… Nor know her or her family, I could feel the energy and spirit and presence of her with me as I spoke her name out loud. To be able to be in her town and stand at her grave today was really quite an honor."

We're not sure when 60 Minutes will air Oprah's story, but we'll be sure to let you know.

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