Martha Tucker, a black woman, was banned as a black woman from attempting and wearing a wedding dress when she was young and married in the United States. At 94, she realized this dream and tried on her dream dress. The idea came from one of the granddaughters.
According to the newspaper Washington PostHer dream was to marry a classic white dress: embroidered with a lace cape and long sleeves. When she got married in 1952, she was denied entry to a wedding dress shop because of her race, in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Tucker and her husband were married in a simple ceremony in the pastor’s living room.
At that time, there were no shops selling black wedding dresses in Birmingham. Residual They did not allow blacks to try on clothes.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time”
She fulfilled her dream on July 3, 2021, almost 70 years after her wedding day. The idea came from one of the granddaughters. While watching “Coming to America” in 1988, Martha Tucker commented:
“I’ve always wanted to wear a wedding dress. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, ever since I got married.”
Despite knowing the stories of racism, her granddaughter Strozier did not realize that Tucker was unable to wear the wedding dress because she was black:
“It was a terrible cause. It shocked me and motivated me to do it.”
Strozier didn’t think twice and scheduled a matching dress at “David’s Bridal” in Hoover, Alabama. Before the test, scheduled for 1:30 p.m., he took his grandmother to lunch and set her up. “He felt bright,” he said.
“I wanted her to understand that a dream that was postponed does not have to be a dream that was denied,” he said.
Returning to the store, Tucker pointed to a dress on a mannequin and said excitedly, “This dress has my name on it.” It was lace, with a V-neck and sheer sleeves.
He said, “My dream has come true.”
“I always said I’d wear a wedding dress before I left this world”
94-year-old Martha Tucker looked in the mirror, and could not believe it: “I can’t explain what I felt.”
The family, shop clerks, and other brides everywhere gathered in enthusiasm. The Washington Post was told:
“I thought she looked like a doll. She was smiling so hard and made my heart smile. It was a priceless experience.”
“It was a beautiful moment.”
“It was a very moving and memorable experience.”
Throughout her life, in addition to defending women’s suffrage, she worked as a daily woman, taught singing lessons, participated in various gospel groups. He is currently the oldest member of the church choir.
Tucker’s husband died in 1975. But he has not been forgotten. “I wish he’d seen me in the dress,” Tucker said.
“I’ve always said, before I leave this world, I’m going to wear a wedding dress. I’m glad I did,” she says.