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Students Carry Bullet-Riddled Sign Honoring Emmett Till

These students carried the vandalized memorial sign for Emmett Till, a teenager who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, and laid it at the base of a Confederate statue on their campus.

The trial galvanized the modern civil rights movement

These students carried the vandalized memorial sign for Emmett Till to the base of the Confederate statue on campus. It was in the middle of the night in 1955 when Emmett Till, a 14-year-old buy, was lynched in Mississippi. Till, a native of Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he had a fateful encounter with a white woman named Carolyn Bryant. Till's murder and the fallout from the trial galvanized the modern civil rights movement. University of Mississippi students, Tyler Yarbrough, Curtis Hills, Isabell Spafford, Yasmine Malone started the group, the Emmett Till Legacy Alliance, in 2018 and held a student panel before walking the sign to the statue.

This is the fourth sign that the commission has placed at the site. The first was swiped in 2008, and no arrests were ever made in connection with the incident. The replacement marker was vandalized with bullets, more than 100 rounds over the course of several years. Just 35 days after it was erected in 2018, the third sign was shot at as well. The third memorial made headlines recently when Jerry Mitchell of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, in conjunction with ProPublica, revealed that three University of Mississippi students had been suspended from their fraternity house after posing in front of the sign with guns, in a photo that was posted to the private Instagram account of one of the students. The Justice Department is reportedly investigating the incident.

The sign has now been taken down, and a new one is “on its way,” Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission said according to CBS News. Chavez, Savidge and Sayers of CNN report that the replacement memorial will weigh 600 pounds and be made of reinforced steel. This bulletproof sign was erected and is expected to be open to the public by the Tallahatchie River in October 2019.

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10/31/2019 12:00 PM
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  • Alicia D.
    04/06/2020 18:33

    The woman who accused Emmet Till, lied. Look surprised. She confessed before she died. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/emmett-till-lynching-carolyn-bryant-donham.html

  • Madison S.
    02/01/2020 01:18

    What can I do to help end white supremacy? What could I do to help? Thats my question, Im sick of the Hate. Like Im sorry I see no difference in the validaty of me vs a person with a darker skin tone. I just see another human being with a story waiting to be heard

  • Tristain A.
    01/31/2020 17:37

    Honestly I'm sorry a couple of white people vandalized a black memorial sign because black people destroyed and vandalized are statues and graves so eye for an eye

  • Matt M.
    01/31/2020 13:00

    People want it up for a reminder just like all the confederate statues. It’s history it shows the the good bad and ugly of America

  • Michael G.
    01/31/2020 03:15

    Instead ov trying to remove the Confederate statue they should erect one next to it in honor of the abolishment ov Jim Crow laws.

  • Michael G.
    01/31/2020 03:11

    Well at least the white kids aren't shooting at black kids .. but either way those kids carrying the sign are brave vatos.

  • Roxann B.
    01/31/2020 00:28

    That fact that the accuser stated she lied about the incident and she has faced absolutely no repercussions for her actions heartbreaking to me. I don’t care if she 100 she needs to spend the remaining days of her life under the jail

  • Jerry A.
    01/30/2020 11:40

    Never forget Confederate statues are just participation trophies for a war they lost! Lol

  • Sandra M.
    01/30/2020 05:32

    I CAN SAY ONE THING!! THEY ARE BURNING IN HELL AND KNOW THEY ALL HATE WHAT THEY DONE TO THAT CHILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS YOUNG MEN FOR WHAT YOU DONE!!👍

  • Sylvia R.
    01/29/2020 18:05

    SO sad there are people still around prejudices and haters in this US countries😠

  • Tony T.
    01/29/2020 15:40

    If no justice lynch one of there family's children and let them live with the same hurt...seems fair..if NO JUSTICE THAN AN EYE FOR AN EYE IT IS TIME TO ATOP BELIEVING IN A SYSTEM THAT WASNT CREATED FOR EQUAL RIGHTS

  • Jomas K.
    01/29/2020 07:12

    🙏

  • Brittany F.
    01/29/2020 07:10

    ARE PEOPLE STILL DOING THIS!? FFS PEOPLE ITS THE 21ST CENTURY!!! HOW IGNORANT CAN SOMEONE BE TO SHOOT UP THE SIGN OF A MURDERED CHILD!?

  • James M.
    01/29/2020 00:18

    That's some BS, that's destruction of government property and those in the picture should be charged and penalized as the criminals they are. That is a blatant disregard for property and history. WE SHOULD JUDGE BY CHARACTER!! These young men that shown respect for the history and the meaning behind knowing the event have been raised right and have great character. The ones who discraced it lack fundamentals in character.

  • Leif K.
    01/28/2020 18:02

    It’s a sad thing forsure but it’s probably best to just move, from the looks of your town it looks like you have racist people all around there ain’t no point in fighting for rights there look where your at. There all gonna get there way cause there privileged to

  • Leno G.
    01/28/2020 03:43

    What’s sad is that now they can shoot the sign and nobody will kno and that also scary

  • Vivian J.
    01/28/2020 01:54

    Did we forget that the white BITCHHHHH said she lied about what happen

  • William D.
    01/27/2020 18:53

    Honestly defacing monuments like that (black history or confederate history) in my opinion is wrong. This is all part of our history. In a perfect world there wouldn’t be racism against any race whether you’re white, black, Hispanic, Muslim, Asian. But we will never be able to stop racism, that’s the hard pill to sell low fact.

  • Loso R.
    01/27/2020 13:35

    Burn all confederate memorials

  • Roberto R.
    01/27/2020 03:21

    Does anyone know if those three disgusting asshats who shot up the sign got caught and held accountable?