Emmett Till Marker Attacked; How Was The Black Teen Killed?
- Author: Bernice Underwood Jun 28, 2017,
Jun 28, 2017, 2:13
A historical marker in Money, Mississippi honoring Till has been vandalized, according to MSNewsNow.com. The sign was erected in 2011 to remember the life and death of the black teenager who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955.
More than six decades later, the vandalism of the grocery store sign is not unique; a number of civil rights markers have been vandalized in MS in recent years, reports The Clarion Ledger. And then, over the weekend, someone had peeled off the back of the marker, which contained vital photos and information about the infamous 1955 case. It wasn't until this past week that a tour group discovered the panel's peeling, according to Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm made the marker. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.
He explained traffic signs in the area are common targets for vandals and shooters.
It marks the spot outside Bryant's Grocery Store, where in 1955, Till did something any kid could relate to; he bought candy.
Till was kidnapped, tortured and killed by two white men after 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant said he whistled at her. As a result, Till was brutalized before being killed.
Shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant said recently that she made up evidence during the trial and the attackers, her husband Roy Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam, later admitted to the killing. It was erected by a private group, and money has been raised to replace it.
Hammons told The AP that the Freedom Trail marker cost more than $8,000.
The murder of Till further inspired the Civil Rights Movement after Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, held an open-casket funeral for her son in Chicago. In 2008, Till's accuser told Timothy Tyson, a Duke University professor who wrote the book "The Blood of Emmett Till", that she fabricated significant portions of her story about her interaction with Till.