On the day marking what would’ve been Emmett Till’s 82nd birthday, President Biden is signing a historic proclamation establishing the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument spread across significant sites in Illinois and Mississippi.
The national monument honors both Emmett Till’s short life ended by racial violence and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley’s unwavering activism.
The new monument encompasses three poignant locations: Graball Landing near Glendora, Mississippi, where Till’s body was recovered; Chicago’s Roberts Temple Church of God, the site of Till’s high profile, open casket funeral; and the Tallahatchie County Second District Courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi, where Till’s murderers were acquitted.
The designation signifies a crucial step in confronting our nation’s racial past and fostering understanding, serving as a grim reminder of the Jim Crow era and Emmett Till’s story igniting the Civil Rights Movement.
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