Race & Identity
Someone Vandalized This Mississippi Emmett Till Marker, But Why?
This vandalization is the second one against an Emmett Till marker in the past year.
The brutal murder of Emmett Till will forever leave a traumatic image in our minds and hearts.
Ever since his mother decided 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. He was 14 at the time of his tragic killing.
Unfortunately, it looks like the abuse the poor boy suffered can’t even stop at his death. A historical marker in Money, Mississippi honoring Till has been vandalized, according to MSNewsNow.com.
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Allan Hammons, who owns the public relations firm behind the marker, confirmed on Monday that someone scratched the memorial marker with a blunt tool this past May. The honorary sign was established in 2011 for the Mississippi Freedom Trail. The trail showcases a series of state-funded markers located at civil rights sites.
"Who knows what motivates people to do this?" Hammons told the Chicago Tribune. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time."
Hammons further noted that traffic signs are common vandalism targets. He further confirmed that the marker cost over $8,000 to create and that repairs will cost around $500 or more.
Members of a tour group recently discovered that vinyl panels containing photos and writings about Till had been peeled off the back of the metal marker located outside Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market where Till was accused of whistling at a white woman.
Further, a separate Till marker located at the Tallahatchie River where his body was pulled from was excessively shot at last year. The Emmett Till Interpretative Project raised money to restore the sign and have since reached its goal.
This has all the makings of a racially targeted crime. Nooses at the museum in Washington, and now this.
It truly is beyond tragic that our black boys can’t even find peace via a simple memorial.