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U.S. Lawmakers Apologize for Handling of 1944 Rape

The Alabama Legislature has officially apologized to an elderly black woman who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Alabama Legislature has officially apologized to an elderly black woman who was raped nearly seven decades ago by a gang of white men as she walked home from church.

The Senate gave final approval Thursday on a voice vote without debate to a resolution that expresses "deepest sympathy and deepest regrets" to Recy Taylor, now 91 and living in Florida.

She told The Associated Press last year that she believes the men who attacked her in 1944 are dead and all she wanted was an apology from the state of Alabama.

Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the suspects after the attack.

The resolution by Democratic state Rep. Dexter Grimsley says the failure to prosecute the men was "morally abhorrent and repugnant."

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