Money – US Civil Rights Trail

The Child Murder That Shook the Nation

In August 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till entered Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market where he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Following this incident, two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, abducted, tortured and murdered Till and disposed of his body in the Tallahatchie River. Till’s murder shed light on the horrific treatment of African-Americans in Mississippi, and Till became a symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, his memory is preserved with historical markers at the sites in Money associated with his murder.


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