Vandals Destroy 2nd Emmett Till Historical Marker in 9 Months

Alejandro Massey
June 28, 2017

Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm made the marker, said Monday that someone scratched the marker with a blunt tool in May.

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.

A civil rights historical marker in Money, Miss., is now missing large parts of its text about Emmett Till.

Donham had testified in the 1955 murder trial of her then-husband Roy Bryant and brother-in-law J.W. Milam.

"Who knows what motivates people to do this?..." "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

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The latest vandalism happened to a marker placed outside the Bryant Grocery store in Money, Mississippi, where the teenager was accused of whistling at a white woman.

When Till's body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River days after his kidnapping, his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, demanded an open-casket funeral to show the world the savagery of Southern racism. After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of USA 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign.

Another sign, marking the spot where Till's body was pulled from a nearby river, was pockmarked with gunfire in 2016.

Two white men were arrested for the brutal crime, but acquitted by an all-white jury later that year. "Again. We have a long way to go", Wilson Jr. wrote on Facebook. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, '" The Washington Post's DeNeen Brown reported. But students from St. Louis tried to fix the sign by adding their own drawings and writings about Till, reports The Clarion-Ledger.

Davis Houck, a member of the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the Clarion-Ledger: "This time, it's not someone with a shotgun or somebody trying to run over or tear down the sign".

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