Tuesday US President Joe Biden designated a three-part national monument to memorialize the racist and brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till by two white men in 1955. Till was accused of grabbing a white woman, an allegation recanted 62 years later in 2017. The monument sites include the Tallahatchie, MS courthouse where Till’s murderers were acquitted, the Tallahatchie Riverbank where his mutilated body was pulled from the river, and the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago where Till’s open casket viewing was attended by 50,000 people. Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley was also honored by the designation for her courage in insisting that her son’s casket be kept open, showing the world the horrific extent of his injuries. As part of the National Park Service, the three sites will be Federally protected.
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