Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman.

  • 1. [Sumner, Mississippi]

    Sumner is a town in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The population was 407 at the 2000 census. Along with Charleston, Sumner is one of the two county seats of Tallahatchie County.

    How Emmett Till
    Connects To Sumner, Mississippi

    • Sumner's courthouse was the site of the 1955 murder trial of two men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, accused in the death of Emmett Till. from Sumner, Mississippi

    • The town of Sumner in Tallahatchie County served as the venue for the trial as the body had been found there. from Emmett Till

    • Wright and his wife also drove to Sumner, where Elizabeth Wright's brother contacted the sheriff. from Emmett Till

    • During the trial of Emmett Till's alleged killers, black reporters and witnesses stayed in Howard's Mound Bayou home, and Howard gave them an armed escort to the courthouse in Sumner. from Mound Bayou, Mississippi

    • He is also known for his many short pieces, including "The Ghosts of Emmett Till," an acclaimed article he published in The New York Times Magazine in 2005, in which he revisits interviews he conducted in 1995 with the two surviving defense attorneys and the two surviving jurors from the 1955 Sumner, Mississippi trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, white men who were ultimately acquitted of the murder of the black 14-year old Emmett Till, despite overwhelming evidence of their guilt. from Richard Rubin (writer)

    • October 9, 1955: Dr. Theodore R.M. Howard, president-elect of the National Medical Association, spoke at Second Baptist to tell the background to the murder of Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi. from Second Baptist Church (Los Angeles)

    • The murder of Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi in 1955. from All-white jury

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