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Emmett Till Murder Trial

Sumner, MS, USA
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In August 1955 the body of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago, was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 23, in a five day trial held in this courthouse, an all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of the murder. Both later confessed to the murder in a magazine interview. Till's murder, coupled with the trial and acquittal of these two men, drew international attantion and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and the nation.

Last updated: 6/17/2009 10:15:00