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Alabama Great-Grandmother Finally Gets to Wear a White Wedding Dress

By Lori Perkins


This story brought tears of joy to my eyes.


Martha Mae Ophelia Moon Tucker got married more than 70 years ago, but back then in the old South, Black women were not allowed to enter a bridal store or try on bridal gowns, so she wore a navy blue dress on her wedding day.


Flash forward to 2021, when Mrs. Tucker was watching Coming to America with her granddaughter, Angela Strozier, and she mentioned that she had really wanted to wear a white wedding gown on her wedding day seven decades ago. Ms. Strozier immediately made that dream a reality by putting together a family excursion to the local David’s Bridal store where her grandmother did a full-fledged bridal try-on at 94!


Ms. Strozier posted the images on her Facebook account where it was viewed more than 15,000 times.

“You know, I can’t even express how special it was. It was too special,’' Mrs. Tucker told AL.com. “I’ve been wanting to do that a long time, just put one on.”


Tucker married the love of her life in 1952 and she and her husband had four children. 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchild and one great, great grandchild.