Group seeks land­mark sta­tus for Em­mett Till’s Chicago Home

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

CHICAGO (AP) — A preser­va­tion group wants the Chicago home where Em­mett Till once lived to re­ceive land­mark sta­tus.

A city re­port notes the boy and his mother moved into the apart­ment in 1953. It’s a red brick two-flat and was Till’s home be­fore he trav­eled to Mis­sis­sippi in 1955, where he was bru­tally killed.

His killing sparked out­rage and gal­va­nized the civil rights move­ment.

The Chicago Tri­bune re­ports Preser­va­tion Chicago has pro­posed the idea to city of­fi­cials. To get the des­ig­na­tion, the build­ing has to meet cri­te­ria and get City Coun­cil ap­proval. Hav­ing land­mark sta­tus would pro­tect it from de­mo­li­tion and ma­jor changes.

Renters live in the apart­ment. The owner, Brah­mananda Ban­dela, says he was un­aware of the prop­erty’s his­tory and is in­ter­ested in en­sur­ing it’s turned into some­thing to com­mem­o­rate Till.

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