Vandals Obliterate Info on Emmett Till Marker in Mississippi

Vandals Obliterate Info on Emmett Till Marker in Mississippi

Vandals Obliterate Info on Emmett Till Marker in Mississippi

Till's death, and the decision of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, to show her son's beaten body in an open casket, was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

Till's marker is the only marker on the freedom trail that has been vandalized, he said.

Members of a tour group recently discovered that vinyl panels containing photos and writings about Till had been peeled off the back of the metal marker located outside Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market where Till was accused of whistling at a white woman.

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The sign makes up part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which displays markers at civil rights sites in the state, Reuters reported. Now less than a year later, a second state marker has been defaced, destroying historical information about the black teenager whose name became a civil rights rallying cry after he was kidnapped and murdered in 1955, according to The Associated Press.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam for Till's murder.

Another sign, marking the spot where Till's body was pulled from a nearby river, was pockmarked with gunfire in 2016.

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In October, a separate memorial erected near where Till's remains were discovered was found ridden with bullet holes. "Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go", he wrote.

She told Timothy B. Tyson, a Duke University research scholar, in 2008 that she falsely testified, when jurors were outside the courtroom, that Till had physically and verbally threatened her. Tyson first revealed her interview in "The Blood of Emmett Till", a book he published this year. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, ' " The Washington Post has reported. Hammons said it will be removed this week and taken to his office for the necessary repairs, which will cost about $500.

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