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. MORE
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  • 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

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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 Yazoo River, which runs through the county north-south. The other county seat is Charleston, located east of the river.

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