GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A sign located at the site where Emmett Till’s body was found 61 years ago has been damaged by what appears to be bullet holes.
WJTV-TV reports the historical marker in Tallahatchie County has been receiving a lot of attention after Kevin Wilson Jr. posted a picture of the damage on Facebook on Saturday. The sign has more than 40 holes in it currently.
“That marker was just evidence that there are people who are still living in those areas who still hold those ideologies dear to their heart,” Wilson said. “Ideology that we’re trying to get away from.”
The Emmett Till Interpretative Project is raising money to get the sign replaced.
Till, a black 14-year-old boy from Chicago, was kidnapped and brutally killed in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman. His murder helped rally the civil rights movement.