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Biden to establish national monument to honor Emmett Till: Report

President Biden will reportedly establish a national memorial this week honoring Emmett Till, a young black man from Chicago whose lynching while on vacation in Mississippi in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, reportedly told The Associated Press that Biden will sign a proclamation on Tuesday to create Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley national monuments at three locations in Illinois and Mississippi. Tuesday is Emmett Till’s birthday in 1941.

CBS News also reported on Saturday that it had learned ahead of Biden’s planned announcement on Tuesday.

Till’s mother’s insistence on an open casket to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized and Jet magazine’s decision to publish photos of his mutilated body played a major role in fueling the civil rights movement.

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See Emmett wearing a hat. A Chicago boy was killed after being accused of sexually assaulting a white woman in Mississippi. (Getty Images)

The Illinois site is Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Bronzeville, a historically black neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. In September 1955, thousands gathered at the church to mourn Emmett Till.

The Mississippi locations are Graball Landing, where Till’s mutilated body is believed to have been pulled from the Tallahatchie River, and the Tallahatchie County Second District Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where Till’s accused killers were tried and acquitted.

Joe Biden wears his jacket on his way to church on Sunday.

President Joe Biden wears his jacket as he arrives to attend Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown section of Washington, Saturday, July 22, 2023. Biden to establish a national memorial in honor of Emmett Till. (AP Photo/Manuel Balas Senata)

Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi when Carolyn Bryant Donham said 14-year-old Till whistled and sexually assaulted her while she worked at a store in the small community of Minnie.

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Till was later kidnapped, and his body was eventually pulled from the Tallahatchie River, where he was dumped after being shot and weighed down with a cotton fan.

Emmett Till's mother cries at his funeral.

Mamie Bradley, the mother of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was found dead in Mississippi while on vacation, looks distraught as she attends his funeral. (Getty Images)

Two white men, Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam, were tried for murder about a month after Till’s murder, but were acquitted by an all-white Mississippi jury. Months later, he confessed to killing Till in a paid interview with Look magazine. Bryant married Donham in 1955. She died earlier this year.

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The Justice Department announced in December 2021 that it was closing the investigation into Till’s murder.

In 2022, a grand jury in Mississippi declined to indict Donham, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to indict the woman for kidnapping and murder from the 1980s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source by [Fox News]



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