Someone Vandalized This Mississippi Emmett Till Marker, But Why?

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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.

A historical marker created in MS to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

The sign was erected in 2011 for the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a series of state-funded markers at significant civil rights sites. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

The vandalism of the sign obscures details about black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955 when he was just 14 years old. 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. First, vandals painted the sign black.

Hammons further noted that traffic signs are common vandalism targets. The slaying motivated civil rights activists when Till's mother had an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized. The teenager was later kidnapped, beaten and killed for allegedly offending Bryant.

Bryant's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half brother, J.W. Milam, were acquitted of the crime by an all-White jury.

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Ever since his mother chose to have an open-casket funeral so that his brutalization was apparent for all to see, it has served as stark motivation for civil rights activists.

Till's death was a pivotal moment in the rise of the civil rights movement.

"Thousands of people attended, and gruesome photographs of his disfigured body were published in newspapers and magazines around the country", The Washington Post's Derek Hawkins wrote in 2016.

In January, Bryant, who remarried to become Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Vanity Fair that she had fabricated her testimony against Till.

Hammons said the Freedom Trail marker in Money cost more than $8,000, and 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.