Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Emmett Till Sign Vandalized Again

Emmett Till Sign Vandalized Again

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.

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. It stands within yards of the infamous business - Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market - where Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white shopkeeper, alleged Till offended her.

The sign, erected in 2011, was part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a state-funded project that marked significant civil rights sites across 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.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam for Till's murder.

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

In October, a MS historical marker for Emmett Till was riddled with bullet holes in an act of vandalism.

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son's funeral on September 6, 1955, in Chicago.

"KKK" was scrawled on an Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign in 2006.

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"Thousands of people attended, and gruesome photographs of his disfigured body were published in newspapers and magazines around the country", The Washington Post's Derek Hawkins wrote in 2016.

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.

Last year, the sign marking the site of the teen's death was found riddled with bullet holes. He further confirmed that the marker cost over $8,000 to create and that repairs will cost around $500 or more.

IN 2008, Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, revealed to Duke University scholar Timothy B. Tyson that she falsely testified against Till.

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