Memorandum regarding the Till murder trial, September 13, 1955, Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Daily News Records, Box 63D, Folder “Cityside-Crime, Murder, Sex, etc.” Newberry Library.

While visiting his relatives in Mississippi during the summer of 1955, fourteen-year old Chicagoan Emmett Till was lynched for allegedly whistling at a white woman. Till's mother insisted on bringing her son's body back to Chicago and having an open casket funeral. Thousands of black Chicagoans came to bear witness to his brutal killing, and Jet magazine published dramatic images of Till's battered body. The state of Mississippi brought charges of murder against two white men, and an all-white jury quickly found them not guilty. The Department of Justice has recently re-opened an investigation into the case.

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Source:
Chicago Daily News, Box 63D, Folder “Cityside-Crime,Murder, Sex, etc”
Date:
1955
Subjects:
African American Life Civil rights Journalism
Places:
Chicago (Ill.) Southern States
People:
Till, Emmitt
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