Someone shot up the historical marker along the banks of the Tallahatchie River where Emmett Till’s body was recovered in 1955.
Till, a Chicago teen, was visiting relatives in Money when he was abducted, beaten, mutilated and slain by two men who then dumped his body in the river Aug. 28, 1955.
The 14-year-old’s open-casket funeral in Chicago is credited with provoking the start of the modern civil rights movement.
Till reportedly was killed for flirting with the 21-year-old wife of Roy Bryant at their store in Money. Bryant and his brother-in-law J.W. Milam were acquitted of kidnapping and murder, then confessed to the crime in a Look magazine interview.
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This isn’t the first time the sign has been vandalized, either.
Apparently someone wants that history forgotten but their crime virtually assures it won’t be.
The center hope to achieve that goal in 72 days. You can donate here.