Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after a white woman said she was offended by him in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. MORE
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How Emmett Till Connects to Sumner, Mississippi
  • Sumner's county courthouse was the site of the 1955 murder trial of two white men, J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, accused in the lynching death of Emmett Till that year in adjoining Leflore County. 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

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Sumner is a town in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. The population was 407 at the 2000 census. Sumner is one of the two county seats of Tallahatchie County and is located on the west side of the county and the Tallahatchie River, which runs through the county north-south. The other county seat is Charleston, located east of the river.

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