Civil rights sign honoring Emmett Till vandalized in Mississippi

The marker outside of Bryant Grocery store on the MS Freedom Trail memorializing the spot where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman was vandalized

Historical Marker of Civil-Rights Icon Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi

It was constructed in front of the long-closed Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market, where a then 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant said Till whistled at her in August 1955.

Installed in 2011, the sign stands on the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which commemorates people, places and events that played a part in the civil rights movement.

According to the AP, a tour group visiting the memorial in Money, Mississippi, found someone had removed panels which contained photos and information detailing Till's life, which was snuffed short by a group of White vigilantes.

Shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant said recently that she made up evidence during the trial and the attackers, her husband Roy Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam, later admitted to the killing.

Hammons told the AP, he doesn't know whether the latest defacement of the Till sign is racially motivated or just random vandalism. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

A historical marker in Money, Mississippi honoring Till has been vandalized, according to

Till's mother, refusing to cover up the horror of what happened, insisted upon an open casket at her son's funeral.

"KKK" was scrawled on an Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign in 2006. He took a photo of the marker and posted the image on social media, where it quickly went viral. In 2008, Till's accuser told Timothy Tyson, a Duke University professor who wrote the book "The Blood of Emmett Till", that she fabricated significant portions of her story about her interaction with Till. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, '" The Washington Post's DeNeen Brown reported.

The signage defaced over the weekend cost $8,500 to create and erect, and will be repaired for less than $500, the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger reported Monday.

"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, who works on the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the newspaper.

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