Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

He said that in May someone scratched the marker, and over the weekend, it was noticed that someone had peeled off the back of the marker, where it contained photos and writings about Till.

A civil rights historical marker in MS has been vandalized, obliterating information about black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955.

The sign makes up part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which displays markers at civil rights sites in the state, Reuters reported. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time". The teenager was kidnapped, tortured and killed because of the accusation.

He explained traffic signs in the area are common targets for vandals and shooters.

The marker stands outside of the location of Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market.

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In 2016, vandals shot almost 40 bullet holes into a sign honoring Till in Tallahatchie County, about 140 miles north of Jackson, which marks the site where Till's body was found in 1955.

The metal sign in Money, Miss., erected in 2011, was scraped by vandals to remove most of its text and photographs.

According to Hammons, the Freedom Trail marker cost more than $8,000 and repairs will cost at least $500. He and Milam have died. In a recently published book about the incident, the wife, Carolyn Donham, admitted she lied about Till's alleged advances to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to other law enforcement officers.

Ever since his mother made a decision 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.

In The Blood of Emmett Till, Carolyn Donham tells author Timothy B. Tyson, that she gave testimony about Till grabbing her around the waist and using obscenities, "but that part is not true". Till, mother of Emmett Till, insisted that her son's body be displayed in an open casket forcing the nation to see the brutality directed at blacks in the South at the time.

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