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Emmett Till

Emmett TillAKA Emmett Louis Till

Born: 25-Jul-1941
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 28-Aug-1955
Location of death: Money, MS
Cause of death: Murder
Remains: Buried, Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Victim

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Black boy, murdered brutally in Mississippi

Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy from a Chicago, was visiting relatives in the town of Money, Mississippi, population about 360. Although warned by his mother not to talk to whites, he disregarded her, allegedly saying "Bye, baby" to Carolyn Bryant, a white woman working at Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market. For this, Till and his cousin, Curtis Jones, were told to leave town. They did not.

One week later, J. W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant arrived at Mose Wright's house, and abducted the "nigger here from Chicago." They beat him to death, gouged out one of his eyes, and dumped his weighted body into the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury found Milam and Bryant not guilty. Emmett's mother insisted on an open-casket funeral where his beaten face was visible to the public, hoping her child did not die in vain.

Father: Louis Till (d. 1945 execution for murder, in Italy)
Mother: Mamie Till-Mobley (b. 23-Nov-1921, d. 6-Jan-2003 heart failure)

    Seized by a Mob 28-Aug-1955
    Shot 28-Aug-1955
    Exhumed 31-May-2005
    Risk Factors: Polio, Stuttering

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