07.29.2019

Emmett Till memorial will be made bulletproof after photo of gun-toting students surfaces

Emmett Till memorial will be made bulletproof after photo of gun-toting students surfaces Photo: The Emmett Till Memory Project

he vandalized memorial for slain civil rights icon Emmett Till will be replaced with a bulletproof sign following outrage over a photograph of three University of Mississippi students posing with guns in front of the bullet-riddled marker.

The new sign, which will be placed at the spot where the 14-year-old's body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, will be open to the public but protected by a gate and security cameras, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission said Thursday.

"Unlike the first three signs, this sign calls attention to the vandalism itself," the commission said in a news release. "We believe it is important to keep a sign at this historic site, but we don’t want to hide the legacy of racism by constantly replacing broken signs."

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