Emmett Till’s Chicago Home to Receive Historic Preservation Funding

Emmett Till’s Chicago Home to Receive Historic Preservation Funding

Emmett Till Historic Marker located on the courthouse lawn in Sumner, Mississippi. Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

CHICAGO (AP) – Emmett Till’s Chicago home is one of more than two dozen historically significant sites that will share $3 million in grant money from a preservation organization.

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced the grants on Tuesday.

It marks the fifth year that the group has doled out money to make sure the sites — some well known and others obscure — aren’t lost to history.

The sites and organizations to receive the grant money are all over the country.

In 1955, Till left the home he shared with his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, to visit relatives in Mississippi.

There, he was abducted and killed — an event that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

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