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Recy Taylor, Whose 1944 Rape Inspired Black Women’s Resistance, Dead At 97

By Alanna Vagianos, HUFFPOST, Black Voices

Recy Taylor, the Black woman from Alabama who bravely came forward in the 1940s against her white attackers, passed away on Thursday morning. She was 97 years old.

Taylor’s brother, Robert Corbitt, told NBC News that she died in her sleep at a nursing facility in her hometown of Abbeville. Taylor, who is survived by Corbitt along with two sisters, a granddaughter and multiple great-grandchildren, would have been 98 on Sunday. Her daughter Joyce Lee Taylor tragically died in a car accident in 1967.

Corbitt told NBC that his sister was “a brave woman and a fighter” who made sure her voice and story were heard.





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