Someone Vandalized This Mississippi Emmett Till Marker, But Why?

Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi

"This site is a significant moment in the civil rights movement", Hammons said.

A marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail with information about Emmett Till has been vandalized again, making twice in the past two months, the trail's management firm said. First, vandals painted the sign black. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

A group discovered that the vinyl panels had been torn off of the back of the marker, which had photos and writings about Till, whose family was in talks to meet with the Department Of Justice after Carolyn Bryant admitted in February to lying about Till touching her several years ago. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955. The teenager was later kidnapped, beaten and killed for allegedly offending Bryant. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River.

Till was tortured and killed, and his death and the acquittal of two white men put on trial for his murder galvanized the civil rights movement.

The shopkeeper's husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were acquitted of the murder by a jury entirely composed of white people, but later confessed to the crime.

Last year, the sign marking the site of the teen's death was found riddled with bullet holes. He took a photo of the marker and posted the image on social media, where it quickly went viral.

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". He further confirmed that the marker cost over $8,000 to create and that repairs will cost around $500 or more.

"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, who works on the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the newspaper. Some people, he said, see "civil rights monuments as a form of reverse discrimination, a threat to their own well-being".



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