Committee for Equal Justice for Mrs. Recy Taylor
In Abbeville, Alabama, on September 3, 1944, Recy Taylor, a twenty-four-year-old black mother, was on her way home from church, when she was abducted and gang-raped by six white men. One confessed. But local authorities refused to prosecute the assailants. The Montgomery NAACP sent Rosa Parks to investigate the case. She helped form the Committee for Equal Justice and launched a letter-writing campaign to press Alabama Governor Chauncey Sparks for action. The letters led to the creation of a special grand jury, but the men were never indicted.