Mar 30, 2011

'Solemn regrets': Recy Taylor, 91, yesterday received an apology from the Alabama House almost 70 years after she was raped by a gang of white men

The Alabama House has reached back into history and apologized for the way authorities handled the 1944 rape of a young black woman by a gang of white men as she walked home from church in Abbeville in southwest Alabama.

The House approved by an apparent unanimous voice vote a resolution that expresses "deepest sympathies and solemn regrets" to the woman, who is now 91.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the suspects.

The resolution by Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville says the failure to prosecute the men was "morally abhorrent and repugnant."

The victim is in poor health and lives in Florida. Grimsley said he plans to personally present her with a copy of the resolution.

The resolution has gone to the Alabama Senate for debate.


  1. This is very sad that it has taken so long for this woman to see any kind of justice. I am just curious to know what ever (if anything) to the men that done this crime?

  2. Nice timing. What difference does it make now? She has suffered all of her life, because of this. Now she may very well be at the end of life and you issue this weak apology.

    If she accepts it fine. But I would tell you to save it for your God, because you will need it.