‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ is a somber, vital tribute to black women in the Jim Crow era

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On Sept. 3, 1944, in the small Alabama town of Abbeville, a 24-year-old black sharecropper named Recy Taylor was walking home from an evening church service with two other worshippers when seven white men pulled up in a Chevrolet.

Armed with knives and guns, the men forced Taylor into the back...