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Emmett Till Memorial Sign Riddled With Bullets

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(Facebook/Kevin Wilson Jr.)

By    |   Thursday, 20 Oct 2016 09:10 AM

An Emmett Till memorial sign erected near the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi, which marks the site where the Chicago teen's mutilated body was found after he was murdered in 1955, has been riddled with bullets.

Till's murder helped spark the civil rights movement in the South after the 14-year-old African-American boy was killed in Money, Mississippi, because he whistled at the white wife of one man who later confessed to killing him, according to the New York Daily News.

J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant were acquitted in Till's death by an all-white jury, but later confessed to the murder, saying they kidnapped and tortured the youth, the newspaper noted.

On Tuesday, the website The Trace highlighted a Facebook post by filmmaker Kevin Wilson Jr., which showed how the memorial sign had been vandalized by bullets.

"I'm at the exact site where Emmett Till's body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River 61 years ago," Wilson wrote on his Facebook Post last weekend. "The site marker is filled with bullet holes. Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go."

Patrick Weems, project coordinator for the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told the Daily News that it will be difficult to afford to replace the sign, especially because it has been vandalized numerous times.

"It shows that there's still people who do not want to remember or talk about Emmett Till," Weems said, according to the Daily News.

The Associated Press reported in 2008 that the memorial sign had been riddled with bullets, and a roadside marker on U.S. 49 in Greenwood, Mississippi, was also stolen a year earlier.

Wilson pointed out on Facebook Sunday that, while Till's sign was vandalized, a marker identifying Milam's home went undamaged and had even been "adorned with flowers."

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center has raised roughly $2,400 of the $15,000 needed to replace the current bullet-riddled sign.

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An Emmett Till memorial sign erected near the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi, which marks the site where the Chicago teen's mutilated body was found after he was murdered in 1955, has been riddled with bullets.
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