Emmett Louis Till, 14

Money, Mississippi
August 28, 1955

Agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: over 5 years ago


Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old boy on vacation from Chicago, reportedly flirted with a white woman in a store. Three nights later, two men took Till from his bed, beat him, shot him and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury found the men innocent of murder.

Legal Action

May 2017 Department of Justice may reopen the case

Community and Family Efforts

Emmett Till Interpretive Centre

April 2017 Protests over artwork

June 2017 Historical marker destroyed by vandals

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