Emmett Till Freedom Trail Marker Vandalized Again

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Visitors to the site, in Money, Mississippi, found vinyl panels providing information about Till, who was kidnapped after white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant accused him of whistling at her, had been peeled off the sign.

A historical marker created in MS to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

Allan Hammons, whose company manages the Mississippi Freedom Trail where the sign is located, says he does not know if the new vandalism is racially motivated, but adds that it was the only sign on the trail that was defaced. The sign was erected in 2011 to remember the life and death of the black teenager who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955.

Donham had testified in the 1955 murder trial of her then-husband Roy Bryant and brother-in-law J.W. Milam.

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Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son's funeral on September 6, 1955, in Chicago. Till's marker is the only marker on the freedom trail that has been vandalized, he said.

Hammons told The AP that the Till sign in Money has been vandalized as recently as May, when it was "scratched with a blunt tool". After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of US 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign.

Till's death was a pivotal moment in the rise of the civil rights movement. In 2008, Till's accuser told Timothy Tyson - a professor at Duke University, who wrote the book "The Blood of Emmett Till", - that she fabricated significant portions of her story about her interaction with Till. Hammons said it will be removed this week and taken to his office for the necessary repairs, which will cost about $500. "It's not a defacing, but an erasing", the Emmett Till Memory Project's Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of the latest incident.

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