$20K Raised for Emmett Till Marker

(Sumner, MS)- UPDATE Nearly $20,000 has been raised so far to replace a bullet-riddled historical sign for Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager whose 1955 slaying helped propel the civil rights movement — 10 times what it will cost to replace the sign. Since the Emmett Till Memorial Commission put up eight markers in Tallahatchie County in 2008, the sign near Tallahatchie River (where Till’s body was found) has been a repeated target of vandals. The extra cash may go to other projects. Organizer’s say the Fannie Lou Hamer Park in Ruleville might be an example of what could be done. There has also been talk of a statue.

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