Vandals Destroy 2nd Emmett Till Historical Marker in 9 Months

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

Civil Rights Marker for Emmett Till Vandalized Months After His Memorial Sign Was Riddled With Bullets

An Emmett Till historical marker in Money, Miss., has been vandalized two times in as many months, most recently last week when panels with the 14-year-old's image and his story were peeled off.

The sign, erected in 2011, was part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a state-funded project that marked significant civil rights sites across Mississippi. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

Till was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 after the incident at the Bryant Grocery store. After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of US 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign. This is not the first time that a memorial of Till has been vandalized.

More than six decades later, the vandalism of the grocery store sign is not unique; a number of civil rights markers have been vandalized in MS in recent years, reports The Clarion Ledger.

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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. She wanted to show how her 14-year-old son had been abused while visiting the Mississippi Delta. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River.

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. The pictures, combined with the acquittal of the two defendants, helped spark the USA civil rights movement.

IN 2008, Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, revealed to Duke University scholar Timothy B. Tyson that she falsely testified against Till.

According to Hammons, the Freedom Trail marker commemorating Till cost more than $8,000, and its repairs will cost at least $500. Students from St. Louis put up a temporary fix with their own writings and drawings of Till, Associate Press reported.

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