Emmett Till’s statue stands tall
A statue honoring Emmett Till, who was murdered by Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, for whistling at, Carolyn Bryant Donham, Bryant’s wife, was beaten by the two men and thrown into the Tallahatchie River.
His body was tied down by barbered wire and a metal fan. It floated to the surface three days later.
That’s not the end of the story.
During the unveiling ceremony, hundreds of people participated in the dedication of a 9-foot statue honoring 14-year Till.
Till was from Chicago and he was visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi.
He was kidnapped and murdered on August 28, 1955. The statue was erected in Rail Spike Park Mississippi, 40 miles from where Till was kidnapped and murdered.
The unveiling coincides with the feature film Till about a boy’s murder.
A Black Lives Matter mural has been defaced later by racist vandals.
Bryant and Milam were acquitted by an all-White and all-male jury. They sold the tale of his murder to Look magazine.
But it wasn’t the end of the story. Blacks boycotted the store where Carolyn Bryant worked and put it out of business.