Emmett Till Civil Rights historical marker vandalized in MS, again

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

And then, over the weekend, someone had peeled off the back of the marker, which contained vital photos and information about the infamous 1955 case.

"This site is a significant moment in the civil rights movement", said Alan Hammons, whose company installed the marker and manages the trail, CNN reported. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

The marker commemorates Till, a black teenager who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. 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.

After the MS historical marker recognizing the Ku Klux Klan's 1964 killings of three civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner - was unveiled in 2009, it became a repeated target, too. This is not the first time that a memorial of Till has been vandalized.

The marker was scratched with a blunt tool in May, and over the past week, a tour group discovered further damage.




Mamie Till Mobley had an open-casket funeral for her son to show how racial terror was use to brutalize and murder her son, who was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when the incident happened. The teenager was later kidnapped, beaten and killed for allegedly offending Bryant.

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. His brutal murder, and the later acquittal of the defendants by an all-white jury, set the Civil Rights movement in motion. According to the AP, the memorial cost more than $8,000, and repairs will amount to at least $500.

Students from St. Louis put up a temporary fix with their own writings and drawings of Till, Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger said on Facebook.

"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, an associate professor at the University of Kansas and part of the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the Clarion-Ledger in October.

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