Monday, 21 August, 2017

Emmett Till Historical Marker Vandalized Once Again

Image Civil Rights Marker Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi
Kelly Saunders | 28 June, 2017, 02:10

The Associated Press reports that according to Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm constructed the marker, someone scratched it with a blunt tool in May and now the vinyl panels have been peeled off the back. The panels contained photos and words about Till.

It marks the spot outside Bryant's Grocery Store, where in 1955, Till did something any kid could relate to; he bought candy.

Hammons said it is unknown if the vandalism was racially motivated or just a random crime.

He explained traffic signs in the area are common targets for vandals and shooters. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

The trail showcases a series of state-funded markers located at civil rights sites. It stands in Money within yards of the infamous Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market where Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white shopkeeper, alleged that Till offended her.

Till was later kidnapped, tortured and killed because of Bryant's accusation by her husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother J.W. Milam.

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In October 2016, vandals had shot around 40 bullet holes at another marker installed to honor Till in Tallahatchie County, where his body was found.

Visiting students from St Louis-based social justice group Cultural Leadership, who discovered the vandalism on Sunday, replaced the missing text with their own accounts of Emmett's life and death.

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center has raised $27,000 to fix the sign, which was privately erected, but the marker on the Freedom Trail in Money cost more than $8,000, and repairs are expected to cost upwards of $500. In a recently published book about the incident, the wife, Carolyn Donham, admitted she lied about Till's alleged advances to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to other law enforcement officers.

In The Blood of Emmett Till, Carolyn Donham tells author Timothy B. Tyson, that she gave testimony about Till grabbing her around the waist and using obscenities, "but that part is not true".

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.

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