The Untold Story of Emmet Till

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August 24, 1955. Emmett Till and a few of his cousins visit a corner store in Mississippi. This corner store was owned by a white couple, Roy and Carolyn Bryant. Emmett whistled at Mrs. Bryant. Later Emmett Till was murdered and dumped into a river, for whistling at a white woman. Emmett Till was from Chicago, IL and was visiting some relatives in Mississippi for the summer. As a 14 year old male, Emmett bought some candy from a corner store in Money, Mississippi. Details of what transcribed inside the store with Carolyn Bryant are unclear. Upon leaving the store Emmett whistled and Mrs. Bryant went to her car and retrieved a pistol. She later told her husband what happened and around 2:30 a.m. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milliam went the house of Emmett’s great- uncle. The two white men asked if they could take Emmett for a while to discipline him for his rude behavior. Emmett never returned. August 28, 1955, Emmett Louis Till was found in the Tallahatchie River tied to a cotton gin fan with barbed wire. The state of Mississippi did not want the news of what happened to Emmett to spread, so there was a rushed funeral. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley asked that the body of her son be sent to her in Chicago. Upon arrival of the body Ms. Till asked to see her son, the funeral director was prohibited to open the pine box containing the body. After opening the casket, Mamie Till discovered the damages done to her son’s body. Emmett’s face and skull were detached, one of his eyes was out of socket, the other eye was completely gone. His ears were missing, the bridge of his nose was broken, and there was a bullet hole straight through Emmett’s head. Mamie Till had a open casket funeral for her son. She wanted the world to see what had happened to her son. She left the casket open after the funeral for those who would like to see the brutal beating of her son. Bradley

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