The historical sign marking where Emmett Till’s body was found in the Tallahatchie River in 1955 has been riddled with bullets. According to the New York Daily News, since the Emmett Till Memorial Commission put eight markers in place surrounding the Tallahatchie County it has been subjected to vandalism over the years. The 14-year-old from the south side of Chicago was visiting family when he was abducted and killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
The murder was rocked by protests and helped the civil rights movement. According to the reports, many of the bullet holes found near the river site are not new.
A photo posted shows that the sign had been shot quite a few times from different angles at that time.
“It shows that there’s still people who do not want to remember or talk about Emmett Till,” Patrick Weems, project coordinator for the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told the Daily News.
Weems told the Daily News that the organization, which is financially struggling, cannot afford to replace the vandalized sign at the moment and that it has instead launched a virtual tour of the sites in the form of the Emmett Till Memory Project The project, which is a site and smartphone app, virtually guides users to 51 different sites in and around the Mississippi Delta that are linked to the teen’s murder and trial.
According to the Daily News, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center is currently trying to raise money to fund the project and replace the vandalized sign; so far it’s raised $4,00 0f the original 15,000 goal.