Emmett Till Memorial Sign Found Riddled With Bullet Holes

The sign marking the spot where the black teenager’s body was found mutilated in 1955 has repeatedly been the target of vandalism.

Emmett Till memorial sign scarred by bullet holes

Every day is a testament to how low many in our country have stooped. Every day reminds us of the liberties America fought for decades ago, and lost in such a short time.

In your latest dose of depressing news, the Emmett Till memorial, which marks the spot where the African-American teen's mutilated body was recovered from, is now riddled with bullets.

The 14-year-old African was murdered brutally in 1955 by two men after he allegedly whistled at a white woman, Carolyn Bryant.

The nature of their encounter was highly controversial. Till reportedly approached the woman after being dared by his friends. His mother said that he occasionally whistled to control his stuttering.

Till was allegedly kidnapped, beaten and mutilated before being shot by Bryant’s husband, Roy, and his brother J.W. Milam. They then sunk his body in the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi.

The two men were later acquitted of their crimes, although they admitted their horrendous actions later. 

The teenager's open-casket funeral became a turning point in the civil rights movement.

The funeral

Local news media now reports that this historical sign has close to 50 bullet holes in it. The Emmett Till Interpretative Project is raising money to replace the sign.

The story was picked up after Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. shared the photo of the vandalized site.

Talking to WJTV, he said, “That marker was just evidence that there are people who are still living in those areas who still hold those ideologies dear to their heart. Ideology that we’re trying to get away from.”

No one has been arrested for vandalizing the sign as of yet.

The vandalism of the historic sign is not an isolated incident. Hate crimes have been on the rise in America for quite some time now, and no one is immune, from an elderly Sikh man beaten up to a Muslim child attacked by his classmates.

Hate has also become powerful rhetoric in the U.S. presidential elections, with Republican nominee Donald Trump promising to ban Muslims from entering America and demeaning black voters.


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