10.21.2019

Bulletproof memorial to Mississippi civil rights icon Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign

Bulletproof memorial to Mississippi civil rights icon Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign Photo: The Emmett Till Interpretative Center

A new bulletproof memorial to slain civil rights icon Emmett Till was unveiled Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized.

The new 500-pound reinforced steel sign, placed at the spot where the 14-year-old's body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, has a bulletproof-glass front, according to Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. The sign will be open to the public but also protected by a gate and surveillance cameras, according to the memorial’s commission.

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