63 Years After Emmett Till's Death, His Memorial Has Once Again Been Riddled With Bullet Holes
This hateful incident occurred about a month after the Justice Department decided to re-open the murder investigation.
August 07, 2018 at 10:27 pm
Given the brutality involved in Emmett Till's murder, one would think the least he deserves is for the memorial that stands in his honor would be left in peace. But, it seems Till can't even have that.
Only about a month after the Justice Department confirmed it would re-open the investigation into Till's case, a memorial to Emmett Till has been shot up for the second time, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Memorials to Till have been defaced more than once over the last few years. Another monument that honors Till in Money, Mississippi, was also riddled with bullets in 2017.
Gunfire destroyed the memorial that was recently shot at in 2016. Over $15,000 was raised shortly after its destruction to restore it.
It's been 63 years since Till was killed in August 1955. Till was accused of flirting with a white woman, then 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
Bryant's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till, tortured him, then shot him. The two men tied a metal fan around the boy's neck and dropped his body in the Tallahatchie River. The recently vandalized sign marks the spot where Till's body was dragged from the river.
Till's mother, Mamie Till, made an indescribably brave decision to display her murdered son's ruined body in an open casket funeral. Jet Magazine's coverage of the sad day turned the civil rights movement on its head in an unforgettable manner.
"Let the people see what I've seen," Mamie Till told the funeral director, according to Time Magazine.
Roy Bryant and Milam were quickly acquitted of the crime and soon after publicly admitted to having tortured and killed Till. Despite this admission, they were not retried.
Recently, Carolyn Bryant admitted to lying under oath about Till's behavior, PBS News Hour reports. In admitting she'd lied during the trial, Bryant said, “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.”
Alvin Sykes, president of the Emmett Till Justice Campaign, said of the vandalism and the plans for the sign's re-restoration, "The sign going back up is a sign of progress … the bullets are showing how much further we need to go."
While there has been no confirmation of a connection, we couldn't help but notice this vandalism occurred leading up to the first anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
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