“[I]t took 52 years for historical markers to be erected at locations related to the teenager’s death, which galvanized the civil rights movement after the acquittal.
And now, at the spot marking where Till’s body was pulled from the river, it took just 35 days since installation for a replacement sign to be pierced by gunfire. Again.”
Dave Tell, a communications professor at the University of Kansas and the author of the forthcoming book, “Remembering Emmett Till,” remarks, “’It’s not just a 1955 story. It’s still something that matters in the present. Replacing it means erasing the material evidence of the way the story still grips us.’ If it were up to him, Tell said, he would leave the sign up. Bullet holes and all.”
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