Abbeville civil rights figure, Recy Taylor, dies

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2010 file photo, Recy Taylor, now 91, is seen her home in Winter Haven, Fla. Taylor's brutal sexual assault by seven white men in 1944 in the racially divided South is featured in the book At The Dark End of the Street. An Alabama legislator wants the state to apologize for the treatment of Taylor who was raped by a group of white men in southeast Alabama in 1944. Taylor was 24 years old and living in her native Henry County when she was gang-raped by a group of white men in Abbeville. Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to bring charges. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.

Taylor's brother Robert Corbitt says she died in her sleep Thursday at a nursing home in Abbeville. She would have been 98 on Sunday.

Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. She was left on the side of the road in an isolated area. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case and rallied support for justice for Taylor.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries decline to indict the six white men who admitted to authorities that they assaulted her.

The Alabama legislature passed a resolution apologizing to Taylor in 2011

There will be a wake Thursday evening from 6-8PM at New Mt Zion Free Will Baptist Church, 332 Rock Hill Cir, Abbeville, AL.
The funeral for Ms. Taylor will be Friday at 11AM at Mary Magdalene Baptist Church on Girard St in Abbeville, AL.

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