A memorial sign marking the place where Emmett Till’s mutilated body was discovered in a Mississippi river in 1955 is riddled with bullet holes — and has been routinely vandalized since it went up in 2007.
Till, a black Chicago teen whose racially charged murder was a catalyst for the civil rights movement, was killed on August 28, 1955 by two white men while visiting his uncle in Money, Miss. His murderers, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, were acquitted by an all-white jury but later confessed to kidnapping, torturing and killing the 14-year-old because he had whistled at Bryant’s wife.
In 2007, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission erected eight site-markers, including a sign at the location where Till’s badly disfigured remains were recovered from the Tallahatchie River three days after he was murdered.
The teen had a cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire, his left eye and many of his teeth were missing, and he had a bullet hole in his right temple.
Filmmaker Kevin Wilson, Jr. posted a photo this week to Facebook — originally flagged by Trace — of the river site sign with roughly 50 bullet holes pierced through, rendering the plaque’s text nearly illegible.
By contrast, a similar site-marker at the Milam’s home was intact, “preserved and adorned with flowers,” according to a second photo posted by Wilson.
“We’ve still got a long way to go,” he wrote.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Laura Bult