Oprah visits grave of woman whose story she shared in Golden Globes speech

Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday visited the grave of Recy Taylor, the woman whose story she shared in a viral Golden Globes speech that sparked a whirlwind of presidential rumors.

Taylor, who died late last year just before her 98th birthday, was abducted and raped in 1944 by a group of white men while walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala. The men were not indicted by two all-white, male grand juries.

Winfrey, who wrote on Instagram that she was in Abbeville on assignment for 60 minutes, visited Taylor’s grave just weeks after speaking about her at the Golden Globes.

“I don’t believe in coincidences, but if I did this would be a powerful one,” Winfrey wrote. “On assignment for 60 Minutes I end up in the town of Abbeville where Recy Taylor suffered injustice, endured and recently died. To be able to visit her grave so soon after ‘speaking her name’ [and] sharing her story, a woman I never knew.”

Winfrey shared Taylor’s story during a speech at this year’s Golden Globes in which she honored victims of sexual assault and declared that “a new day is on the horizon” for women. Like many other celebrities at the event, Winfrey wore black as a symbol of solidarity with the "Me Too" movement.


Her speech quickly went viral and prompted many to speculate that she could be gearing up for a 2020 presidential run.

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