Emmett Till’s Chicago Home to Receive $3 Million in Grants for Preserving African American History

The former home of Emmett and Mamie Till is pictured in the West Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago on Aug. 26, 2020. It is one of more than two dozen historically significant sites that will share in $3 million grant money from a preservation organization. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Emmett Till left his mother’s house on Chicago’s South Side in 1955 to visit relatives in Mississippi, where the Black teenager was abducted and brutally slain for reportedly whistling at a white woman.

A cultural preservation organization announced Tuesday that the house will receive a share of $3 million in grants being distributed to 33 sites and organizations nationwide that are important pieces of African American history.