A Historical Emmett Till Marker in Mississippi Was Vandalized

Violet Tucker
June 28, 2017

Bryant's husband and his half brother then kidnapped Till, tortured, and killed him.

In October, a separate memorial erected near where Till's remains were discovered was found ridden with bullet holes.

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.

Hammons told Reuters: "Who knows what motivates people to do this?"

Mamie Till Mobley had an open-casket funeral for her son to show how racial terror was use to brutalize and murder her son, who was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when the incident happened. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time". The teenager was later kidnapped, beaten and killed for allegedly offending Bryant.

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An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam for Till's murder. NBC News reports the two later confessed to the killing in a paid interview with Look magazine.

Ever since his mother chose to have an open-casket funeral so that his brutalization was apparent for all to see, it has served as stark motivation for civil rights activists. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River.

Till's death was a pivotal moment in the rise of the civil rights movement. According to the AP, the memorial cost more than $8,000, and repairs will amount to at least $500. In 2008, Till's accuser told Timothy Tyson - a professor at Duke University, who wrote the book "The Blood of Emmett Till", - that she fabricated significant portions of her story about her interaction with Till.

Cultural Leadership, a group of St. Louis high school students, visited the area on Sunday, and quickly covered the vandalized sign with text of their own. "It's not a defacing, but an erasing", the the Emmett Till Memory Project's Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

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