On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to Recy Taylor’s grave.
She documented the poignant moment and shared it on Instagram. Taylor, an activist and sexual assault survivor, passed away in December. In 1944, she was raped and assaulted by six white men, sparking nationwide outrage. The incident inspired her to speak out about sexual assault and civil rights.
In her caption on Instagram, Winfrey wrote: “I don’t believe in coincidences, but if I did this would be a powerful one. On assignment for @60minutes I end up in the town of Abbeville where #RecyTaylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died.”
The media mogul paid tribute to Taylor in her Golden Globes speech earlier this month, highlighting the #TimesUp movement and the strength of sexual assault survivors.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power to those men, but their time is up. Their time is up!” Winfrey said in her speech. “I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing… her truth, even now, goes marching on.”
Reflecting on her time visiting Taylor’s grave, Winfrey added, “To be able to visit her grave so soon after ‘speaking her name ‘sharing her story, a woman I never knew. Feels like…”