Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

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Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi

During the past week, a tour group discovered that vinyl panels, that contained photos and words about Till, had been peeled off the back of the metal marker.

A civil rights historical marker in MS has been vandalized.

Installed in 2011, the sign stands on the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which commemorates people, places and events that played a part in the civil rights movement. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

Till, 14, was lynched in 1955 by white vigilantes, one of whom accused Till of wolf-whistling at his wife in a local grocery store.

"KKK" was scrawled on an Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign in 2006. First, vandals painted the sign black.

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.

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Till lived in Chicago but was in MS for the summer visiting relatives when he was killed.

Till's mother, refusing to cover up the horror of what happened, insisted upon an open casket at her son's funeral.

Till was tortured and killed, and his death and the acquittal of two white men put on trial for his murder galvanized the civil rights movement. A New York University graduate student, who was making a film about Till had taken a photo of the marker and posted it on social media, after which it had gone viral, Washington Post reported. The men were acquitted by an all-white jury, but they later confessed to the crime in a paid interview with Look magazine. "Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go", he wrote.

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center has raised $27,000 to fix the sign, which was privately erected, but the marker on the Freedom Trail in Money cost more than $8,000, and repairs are expected to cost upwards of $500.

In January, Bryant, who remarried to become Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Vanity Fair that she had fabricated her testimony against Till. He said repairs will cost at least $500.

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