Even though the outcome of the case was not good for Taylor, this case was a major victory for the formation of the civil rights movement because of the successful mobilization of activists across the nation. Given that the case was largely ignored by feminist organizations, with some suggesting Recy seduced the men, it created a sense of unity among black men and women who felt they truly were in this alone. The Recy Taylor case brought the building blocks of the Montgomery bus boycott together a decade early. Taylor lived in Abbeville with her family for two decades after the attack. She said that during those years she lived "in fear, and many white people in the town continued to treat her badly, even after her attackers left." She eventually moved to Florida, where she still lives.
In 2011, the Alabama House of Representatives apologized to Taylor on behalf of the state "for its failure to prosecute her attackers." State Representative Dexter Grimsley, along with Abbeville Mayor Ryan Blalock and Henry County Probate Judge JoAnn Smith, also apologized to Taylor for her treatment.Taylor received the apologies on Mother's Day in 2011, when she visited Rock Hill Holiness Church in Abbeville, the very church where she was kidnapped. "I felt good," she said. "That was a good day to present it to me. I wasn't expecting that." In 2011, Taylor visited the White House and attended a forum on Rosa Parks at the National Press Club
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