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Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

Vandals obliterate info on Emmett Till marker in Mississippi

A marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail that honors civil rights figure Emmett Till was vandalized twice in the last two months.

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

A Missouri-based social justice group, Cultural Leadership, tweeted they had composed an ad hoc solution to the vandalism until the sign could be repaired.

Twitter users denounced the vandals and tried to blame Trump, although some of the vandalism occurred before Trump took office.

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

Till's death, and the decision of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, to show her son's beaten body in an open casket, was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955.

Bryant recently admitted that she made up evidence during the trial and the attackers, her husband Roy Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam, later admitted to the killing. "Again. We have a long way to go", Wilson Jr. wrote on Facebook.

The controversy and pain surrounding Till's death has continued, and his name is still a rallying cry for many in the Black Lives Matter movement.

IN 2008, Carolyn Bryant, now Carolyn Donham, revealed to Duke University scholar Timothy B. Tyson that she falsely testified against Till. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, '" The Washington Post's DeNeen Brown reported.

Hammons told NBC that the Freedom trail maker in Money cost more than $8,000 and will cost at least $500 to fix. Students from St. Louis put up a temporary fix with their own writings and drawings of Till, Associate Press reported. "It's not a defacing, but an erasing", the Emmett Till Memory Project's Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of the latest incident.


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