Latest Emmett Till News

Till memorial, others taking security steps amid vandalism

Nov. 23, 2019 1:07 PM EST

A commission behind a memorial for teenage lynching victim Emmett Till in Mississippi was forced to get a new sign with a glass bulletproof front and add cameras and alarms after previous markers were riddled with bullet holes. It’s one of numerous monuments to U.S. civil rights figures or events around...

White nationalists seen filming at lynching victim memorial

Nov. 3, 2019 7:39 PM EST

People carrying a white nationalist flag were caught on security cameras trying to film in front of a new memorial to lynching victim Emmett Till. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told The Associated Press that the incident was captured Saturday by new security cameras at...

Trump lynching claim renews pain for kin of actual victims

Oct. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Willie Edwards Jr., a black truck driver, was killed by Ku Klux Klansmen who forced him to jump off a bridge in Alabama in 1957. Two years earlier, white men had bludgeoned black teenager Emmett Till to death in Mississippi. No one went to prison for either slaying. Both people died...

New Emmett Till marker dedicated to replace vandalized sign

Oct. 19, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The 14-year-old African...