JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum offered free admission to commemorate Emmett Till’s 80th birthday on Sunday.
Emmett Till was born in Chicago on July 25, 1941. In August 1955, he was kidnapped and brutally lynched by two white men while visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi.
The fourteen-year-old has been accused of flirting with a white woman at a local general store. Till’s death ignited the civil rights movement across the country as many activists fought to end racial discrimination and injustice in the south.
People said Till’s death was not in vain.
“The story we repeat said of serving with Emmet Till’s birthday. Today, for me, that this war is already won, we just need to put the right faces in the right places in order to recognize a history that will be reborn and restore where all can come together, ”said Bobbi Ruth Primer.
Till’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley, insisted on an open casket funeral so the world could see how horrible her son was. Mississippi’s NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers helped investigate Till’s murder, but even after the confession, no further prosecution was initiated.