Emmett Till protesters stormed a senior living facility in search of the woman who has been accused of setting a lynch mob on him after a 1955 arrest warrant was unearthed in a Mississippi courthouse.
Carolyn Bryant Donham, now in her 80s, of Raleigh, North Carolina, reportedly accused Till of whistling at her in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi, in 1955.
A week later, the 14-year-old Till was abducted, tortured, fatally shot and dumped into the Tallahatchie River, where his body was found swollen and mutilated three days later. His open casket shocked the nation.
Donham’s husband, Roy Bryant, and half-brother, JW Milam, were arrested for his lynching, but later acquitted. The pair eventually admitted guilt but couldn’t be prosecuted due to double-jeopardy laws.
Last week, the unserved arrest warrant for Donham was found in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse, causing Till’s family and activists to once again call for justice.
‘You cannot ignore this,’ said Priscilla Sterling, Till’s cousin, according to WRAL. ‘If this is what’s needed to do for us to change our mindset, our behaviors and attitudes in the society, then this will do it. This will do it. Execute the warrant.’
One of the protesters later told a local media outlet: ‘I do understand that Ms. Bryant is in her mid-to-late-80s, but understandably, this is a crime she committed when she was 22. Sixty years later, it’s time for her to be held accountable.’
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alyssa Guzman