Emmett Till Project

Emmett Till Project

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  • Emmett TIll was born on the 25th July 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, United States And died at the young age of 14 on the 28th of August, 1955.
  • Emmett Till had lots of family members who lived in Money, Mississippi and he had traveled to the south to visit them.
  • Emmett received a dare from his friends to talk to a white woman who was working in a store at that moment in time.
  • After Emmett Till left the store he supposedly said “Bye baby!” and whistled at her. She told her husband who was enraged by this and decided to act.
  • Hey Emmett! I dare you to go talk to that lady in the shop over there.
  • Bye baby!
  • Ok then, I'd never turn down a dare!
  • Emmett didn’t think he was in any danger and talked openly about his white friends and girlfriend in Chicago.
  • Days later the white woman’s husband and brother dragged Till out of his great uncle’s farmhouse and into his truck in the middle of the night.
  • Come out here!
  • After they were done torturing the child they proceeded to shoot him in the head on the banks of the Tallahatchie River, and after tying him to a cotton-gin with barbed wire they dumped his corpse into the river.
  • The men took Till back to their house and proceeded to gouge his eye out and beat him for hours on end.
  • Days later Emmett Till’s maimed, mutilated corpse washed up on the shore of the Tallahatchie river and was so horribly disfigured that the only way they could tell that it was Emmett Till was by his ring which had his initials carved in it.
  • Days later after Emmett was murdered in cold blood his family reported him missing and after several days they had begun to assume the worst.
  • Daily News Emmett Till reported missing!
  • The men were taken to court in a segregated courthouse after 2 weeks but they were found not guilty after not even a single hour on trial. Despite the complete outrage of the entire nation. The verdict of the court acted as a wake up call for the rest of America who decided to use the death of Emmett  to help fight racism in the South.
  • Emmett TIll’s mother, Mamie Bradley requested that his body be sent back to Chicago and after seeing what had happened to him she decided to have an open casket so that the world would be able to see what happened to her son. Media outlets soon found out about what had happened and the story had begun to spread.
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