Updated: July 14, 2021 10:41:18 am
Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker, a 94-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama, had always wanted to wear a white gown at her wedding in 1952. But in those days, black women were not allowed into bridal shops and she was forced to borrow a dress on her special day.
However, Tucker’s dream of trying out a wedding dress finally came true after one of her granddaughters booked her an appointment at a bridal store.
“Our grandmother has sacrificed so much for us, so to be able to turn around and grant her a ‘want,’ that was just priceless for me,” Angela Strozier, one of Tucker’s granddaughters, told ABC. A video of Tucker in a gorgeous white wedding dress has now gone viral.
Watch the video here:
Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker, who was married in 1952, always wanted to wear a wedding dress. But at the time Black women weren’t allowed in bridal shops.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 10, 2021
“I looked in the mirror at myself wanting to know who is that,” Tucker told ABC. “Yeah, I was very excited! I felt great! I told ya, it felt just like I was getting married!” Tucker confessed that she didn’t want to take off the wedding gown, the website reported.
Since being shared online, the video has prompted several reactions among netizens with many calling Tucker the most beautiful bride they have seen. However, many were also shocked by the fact that black women were not allowed in bridal shops during that time.
She was 25 in 1952. Imagine, ladies, being in your twenties and knowing you cannot walk into a department store or bridal boutique. This is one of the reasons why so many of our ancestors were such talented designers, seamstresses, tailors, etc. Jacqueline Bouvier married JFK …
— O C Chef (@O_C_Chef_Girl) July 10, 2021
We will never forget
— Mrs. 🔔 (@BrittanyRBell) July 10, 2021
What? Not allowed in bridal shops wtf? How am I today years old learning this? It is amazing she got to do it now and she looks beautiful but my freaking parents and grandparents have a lot more explaining to do.
— RonToye (@Ronald_Toye_III) July 10, 2021
I was born a yr after Mrs.Tucker married, & I’m kinda baffled by all the people who are shocked & angered by the fact Black women couldn’t shop in bridal shops. WHAT DO U THINK THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT WAS ABOUT?!? It was about more than voting & housing. RACISM was systemic.>>
— G-Ma Cathy (@CathyWanza) July 10, 2021
My family moved from Alabama to Michigan and Los Angeles. They weren’t allowed to shop in the “couture” area of the May Co. or the Broadway in LA or Hudson’s in Detroit because they were Black. My mom bought a regular white dress at the May Co. when she married my dad in 1953.
— Ivey McClelland(she/her)❤❤❤ (@iveyjanette_207) July 10, 2021
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