*Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.
Taylor died in her sleep at a nursing home in Abbeville, her brother Robert Corbitt said, according to the IndependentUK. He said Taylor had been in good spirits the previous day and her death was sudden. She would have been 98 on Sunday.
Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped while walking home from church in Abbeville. Her attackers left her on the side of the road in an isolated area, where she was found by her father.
The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case, and she rallied support for justice for Taylor.
Two all-white, all-male grand juries declined to charge the six white men who admitted to police that they assaulted her.
In a 2010 interview, Taylor said that she believed the men who attacked her were dead, but she still would like an apology from officials. “It would mean a whole lot to me,” she said. “The people who done this to me, … they can’t do no apologizing. Most of them is gone.”
The Alabama Legislature passed a resolution apologizing to her in 2011.
Taylor’s story, along with those of other black women attacked by white men during the civil rights era, is told in At the Dark End of the Street, a book by Danielle McGuire released in 2010.
A documentary on her case, “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” was released this year.