An Emmett Till Marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail Was Vandalized


The metal marker was unveiled in 2011 as a part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a series of state-funded markers at significant civil rights site to highlight the state's African-American history.

Allan Hammons, a public relations official of the firm that made the marker, said on Monday that someone scratched the marker with a blunt tool.

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

A Missouri-based social justice group, Cultural Leadership, tweeted they had composed an ad hoc solution to the vandalism until the sign could be repaired. First, vandals painted the sign black.

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.

Hammons further noted that traffic signs are common vandalism targets. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955.

Vines and warning signs are shown on the building that was Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market in Money Miss. in 2005

When Till's body was discovered, his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, demanded an open-casket funeral to show the world the savagery of Southern racism. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River.

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

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. "Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go", he wrote.

Till's death was a pivotal moment in the rise of the civil rights movement. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, ' " The Washington Post has reported.

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. Some people, he said, see "civil rights monuments as a form of reverse discrimination, a threat to their own well-being".