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

Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippiā€

Allan Hammons, the owner of a public relations firm that produced the sign located in Money, Mississippi. The kidnapping and lynching of 14-year-old Till after he was accused of whistling at a White woman in 1955 and helped spur the civil rights movement.

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

According to the AP, a tour group visiting the memorial in Money, Mississippi, found someone had removed panels which contained photos and information detailing Till's life, which was snuffed short by a group of White vigilantes. An all-white jury acquitted Bryant's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam, in the killing, but the two men later confessed in a paid interview with Look magazine.

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In October, another historical marker where Till's body was found was riddled with bullets. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

Till's mother, refusing to cover up the horror of what happened, insisted upon an open casket at her son's funeral. After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of USA 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign.

A separate Till marker, near the site where his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River several miles away, has been repeatedly shot. 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. "Again. We have a long way to go", Wilson Jr. wrote on Facebook.

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

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". "It's not a defacing, but an erasing", the Emmett Till Memory Project's Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of the latest incident.

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