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This country never ceases to amaze.

Incredibly, a memorial sign that marks the place where a just-turned 14-year-old Emmett Till‘s mutilated body was discovered in a Mississippi river in 1955 is again riddled with bullet holes, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

We all mourn the tragic story of Till, a teen from Chicago visiting family in LeFlore County, Mississippi, who was kidnapped and brutally killed on August 28, 1955, for allegedly whistling at a White woman. His murderers, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, were acquitted by an all-White jury but later confessed to his murder in Money, Miss.

According to, Milam and Bryant—the White woman’s husband and her brother—made Emmett carry a 75-pound cotton-gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and ordered him to take off his clothes. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head, broke many of his teeth, and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river.

The News reports that in 2007, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission erected eight site-markers, including a sign at the location where Till’s badly disfigured remains were recovered from the Tallahatchie River three days after he was murdered.

NYU graduate school film student Kevin Wilson, Jr., who is raising money for a short entitled “My Nephew Emmett,” posted a photo last week to Facebook of the river site sign with roughly 50 bullet holes in it, making the sign’s words nearly illegible.

The News reports that the sign had already been shot at least 20 times from different angles. It also reports that an “Emmett Till Memorial” roadside marker in Greenwood, Mississippi, was stolen in 2007 and the bullet-marked sign at the Tallahatchie River site was ripped down by vandals in 2008, just after it went up.

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center is raising money to replace the bullet-riddled sign and fund the Emmett Till Memory Project, which virtually guides users to 51 sites around the Mississippi Delta that played a significant role in the teen’s murder and trial. So far they’ve raised over $3,000 of its $15,000 goal.

To donate, please go to the Emmett Till Interpretive Center fundraiser page.

SOURCE: New York Daily News, | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Facebook

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19 thoughts on “Emmett Till Memorial Desecrated With 50 Bullet Holes

  1. Ivan Cohen on said:

    I realize this idea is far out but the Emmett Till Memorial may require the services of a security company to prevent a repeat of this sort of desecration.

  2. OMG!!!!!!–such UGLINESS!!!!
    Looks like REDNECKS mentality will never change!!!!!!!

    I hope they eventually apprehend the person or persons who have damaged Emmitt Till’s Memorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Charge them with A HATE CRIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!–BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT IT IS!!!!!!!

  3. J Russell on said:

    Just reading the details of what these men did to a child was so GODLESS AND EVIL. My heart cannot imagine doing this to anyone. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE TO PUT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN OFFICE LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY IN ORDER TO CHANGE LAWS THAT ARE NOT RIGHT AND TO MAKE EVIL DOERS ACCOUNTABLE.



  5. Who cares? They can do whatever they want with memorials, signs and any other material reminders of Young Mister Till. It doesn’t matter. Mr. Till and his beautiful mother, Mamie can’t be harmed by the evil that walks this earth any longer. Our memories of them and their legacy can’t be erased by the destruction of material matter. I don’t feel one bit of anger, rage or indignation, because I can still read about them. Think about them. Talk and teach about them. Feel whatever I want to feel about them. No one can do anything to destroy their spirits and their legacy. Things can be replaced, and there is a good chance that every time they are, they will be destroyed. But what no one can destroy is our love, devotion and loyalty to the memories of these two precious souls. As with every loved one that I have lost, these thoughts are what sustains me during trying times. Don’t worry friends, this is nothing to fret about.

    • specialt757 on said:

      Somebody or bodies cared enough to go out and shoot up the sign, why do you think that is? If no one cared, it wouldn’t have been erected in the first place. I got what you’re saying about our memories of them are the most important, however, it’s not for the ones who remembered this horrifying event, it for generations to come. There are people out here who are trying to erase our history, this really is just another way to do that, but it’s not going away. If we don’t care to preserve our history no one else will, I think all black folks should care, but I know they don’t because some don’t even believe racism exist even when it’s staring them in the face.

  6. what now, on said:

    Hey you all already know,these people hate black peoples guts,this is just another example to remind you we even hate you when your dead.true colors are coming out,trump got the ball rollin,2016 you still see it in the way they act.

  7. …What have we (African Americans) done to be so reviled and hated…Is it because they know they done wrong to us and the Karma is eating them up?

  8. This truly breaks my heart… Emmit Till’s mother never received justice for her son before her death. Incidents such as these make it extremely hard to not have hatred in my heart and look at all white people as racists. Lord help us to overcome and eschew evil, in Jesus Name.

  9. americanize on said:

    The white devils can,t help it. Its in their DNA they r savages,murders,rapist,don,t take my word look at there history around the world.Even before those devils came to Africa,they were murdering,an slaughtering their own people.We will only have piece on earth when all these devils die out.

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