Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Emmett Till Civil Rights historical marker vandalized in MS, again

Emmett Till Civil Rights historical marker vandalized in MS, again

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.

A MS historical marker for Emmett Till has been vandalized, the second targeted attack on memorials for the black teenager in nine months.

A civil rights historical marker in Money, Miss., is now missing large parts of its text about Emmett Till. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

The marker remembers black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped before being lynched in 1955.

This is the second sign memorializing Till to have been targeted in the past year. First, vandals painted the sign black.

Just weeks prior, the marker was defaced after someone scratched it with a blunt tool.

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Till's mother, refusing to cover up the horror of what happened, insisted upon an open casket at her son's funeral. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955. Bryant's husband and another man allegedly abducted the 14-year-old, beat and mutilated him, tied him to a 75-pound cotton gin fan and threw him in the Tallahatchie River. The pictures, combined with the acquittal of the two defendants, helped spark the US civil rights movement.

The two men were ultimately acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder by an all-white jury, though they later publicly confessed to the killing "in a paid interview with Look magazine", the AP reported. A New York University graduate student, who was making a film about Till had taken a photo of the marker and posted it on social media, after which it had gone viral, Washington Post reported.

In January, Bryant, who remarried to become Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Vanity Fair that she had fabricated her testimony against Till.

Hammons said he would be repairing the marker to the tune of $500.

Davis Houck, a member of the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the Clarion-Ledger: "This time, it's not someone with a shotgun or somebody trying to run over or tear down the sign".

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