The historical marker honoring Emmett Till along the Mississippi Freedom Trail was vandalized. Veuer’s Natasha Abellard @NatashaAbellard has the story.

JACKSON, Miss. — A historical sign the recognizing black teen who was beaten and killed in Mississippi in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman has been vandalized, with information about the teen removed.

Most of the text and photographs on the Emmett Till sign outside the former store where the incident reportedly happened were scraped off the sign.

“This time, it’s not someone with a shotgun or somebody trying to run over or tear down the sign,” said Davis Houck, a member of the Emmett Till Memory Project. “This time, it’s more sinister because it’s carefully thought out. It’s not a defacing, but an erasing.”

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The sign was the first erected on the Mississippi Freedom Trail by state tourism officials in 2011.

Till has been dead for more than 60 years, but he has never been more alive in the American consciousness, most recently when NBA star LeBron James mentioned the courage of Till’s mother after his own home became the target of a racist attack.

“Emmett Till has become this stand-in for awful civil rights abuse,” said Houck, Fannie Lou Hamer professor of rhetorical studies at Florida State University.

Till’s killers were never convicted. The African-American teenager from Chicago, who was visiting family in Mississippi, was killed three days after he reportedly wolf-whistled at a white woman.


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