Memorial marker of civil-rights icon defaced in Mississippi

Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi

Just weeks prior, the marker was defaced after someone scratched it with a blunt tool.

Fourteen-year-old Till was accused of whistling at shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant in 1955.

The sign makes up part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which displays markers at civil rights sites in the state, Reuters reported. During the past week, a tour group discovered vinyl panels had been peeled off the back of the metal marker in Money, Mississippi.

The men were acquitted by an all-white jury, though the men later confessed in a paid magazine interview.

Hammons told Reuters: "Who knows what motivates people to do this?"

In October, a separate memorial erected near where Till's remains were discovered was found ridden with bullet holes. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

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Ever since his mother made a decision to have an open-casket funeral so that his brutalization was apparent for all to see, it has served as stark motivation for civil rights activists.

This is the second sign memorializing Till to have been targeted in the past year. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River. The men were acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury, but the incident outraged many in the US and had a direct impact on starting the civil rights movement at the time. He took a photo of the marker and posted the image on social media, where it quickly went viral.

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center has raised $27,000 to fix the sign, which was privately erected, but the marker on the Freedom Trail in Money cost more than $8,000, and repairs are expected to cost upwards of $500.

In The Blood of Emmett Till, Carolyn Donham tells author Timothy B. Tyson, that she gave testimony about Till grabbing her around the waist and using obscenities, "but that part is not true".

Davis Houck, a member of the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the Clarion-Ledger: "This time, it's not someone with a shotgun or somebody trying to run over or tear down the sign".

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