Vandals oblit­er­ate in­for­ma­tion on Em­mett Till marker

The Washington Times Daily - - AMERICAN SCENE -

JACK­SON | A civil rights his­tor­i­cal marker in Mis­sis­sippi has been van­dal­ized.

The marker re­mem­bers black teenager Em­mett Till, who was kid­napped be­fore be­ing lynched in 1955.

The slay­ing mo­ti­vated civil rights ac­tivists when Till’s mother had an open-cas­ket fu­neral in Chicago to

show how her 14-year-old son had been bru­tal­ized.

Al­lan Ham­mons, whose pub­lic re­la­tions firm made the marker, said Mon­day that some­one scratched the marker with a blunt tool in May.

Dur­ing the past week, a tour group dis­cov­ered vinyl pan­els had been peeled off the back of the me­tal marker in Money, Mis­sis­sippi. The pan­els con­tained pho­tos and writ­ing about Till.

The sign was erected in 2011 for the Mis­sis­sippi Free­dom Trail, a se­ries of state-funded mark­ers at civil rights sites.

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