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Seeking peace on this earth’: Detailing the need for Alabama to offer a formal state apology

The Anniston Star

This article was originally published by The Anniston Star (web cache).

Recy Taylor poses for a photo in her home in Winter Haven, Fla., Oct. 7, 2010. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP FILERecy Taylor poses for a photo in her home in Winter Haven, Fla., Oct. 7, 2010. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP FILE

Two local governments in southeast Alabama are expected to issue an apology for a 1944 rape of a black woman by several white men, none of whom were ever prosecuted.

Last Wednesday, I reported for Colorlines.com that state Rep. Dexter Grimsley, D-Newville, wants Alabama to issue a formal state apology to Recy Taylor, 91, who was abducted and raped at gunpoint by seven white men in Abbeville on Sept. 3, 1944.

The circumstances merit it,” Grimsley said recently. It’s something that should be done. Recy Taylor found herself in a situation that wasn’t responded to, the way that the law would respond to something today.”

Now it appears that an apology from Henry County and the southeast Alabama city of Abbeville may come as soon as Monday, but it is unclear whether the state will take part. In a follow-up interview last Thursday, Rep. Grimsley said he would hold a press conference with Abbeville Mayor Ryan Blalock and County Commission Chairman Joanne Smith and present a formal letter to the family.”

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