Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American teenager who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till's great-uncle's house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

  • 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

    • 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, California)

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

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