ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey has visited the grave of a Black Alabama woman whose rape by six White men in 1944 drew national attention and whose story was highlighted in Winfrey’s recent Golden Globes speech.
Oprah Winfrey’s (left) barnstormer of a speech at the Golden Globes highlighted the story of Recy Taylor (right), a black Alabama woman who was raped by six white men in 1944. Winfrey has visited Taylor’s grave. Winfrey said in an Instagram post that on assignment for “60 Minutes,” she ended up in the town of Abbeville, Ala., where Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. (AP Photo/Jordan Strauss/Invision and Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Winfrey said in an Instagram post that on assignment for “60 Minutes,” she ended up in the town of Abbeville where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died.
Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the case, and she rallied support for justice for Taylor.
Two all-White, all-male grand juries decline to indict the men who admitted they assaulted her.
Taylor died in December, just before her 98th birthday.