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Remembering Emmett Till: 7 Horror Stories of Lynching in America

Remembering Emmett Till: The Horror of Lynching in America 

till.emmettEmmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – Aug. 28, 1955)

On Aug. 24, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi,  when he reportedly flirted with a white cashier at a grocery store. Four days later, two white men kidnapped, beat and shot Till in the head and gouged out one of his eyes.

Till’s face was mutilated beyond recognition and his mother only managed to make a positive ID by the ring on his finger, engraved with his father’s initials – “L.T.” The men responsible for his death were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them.

For Till’s mother, the painful process of burying her child also became a nationwide event. She demanded that her son’s body be returned to his hometown Chicago and held an open-casket funeral to mark the brutality of the murder. 

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  1. Ktaj Fivesixseveneight says:

    I find it pretty damn strange that immagrants from Europe had such beliefs. To kill African Americans… Were White Europeans threatened economically? I think it was just pure hate. I remember as a young teen, hearing the racist remarks hurled at me. No niggas. They did not want me to ride my bike down their streets. I thought, fool, you're on your poarch talking [email protected]#? At least I KNOW where you live. They were less than 2 generations off the boat, still talking smack?? Not to mention they were old ass hell. Hate is a serious additction…..

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