Emmett Till Historic Marker located on the courthouse lawn in Sumner, Mississippi. Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi community has unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Emmett Till.
Friday’s dedication ceremony came decades after white men kidnapped and killed the Black teenager over accusations that he flirted with a white woman in a country store.
A local high school senior, Madison Harper, said the statue symbolizes change in Mississippi.
The 1955 lynching helped spur the civil rights movement. Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, insisted on an open-casket funeral so the world could see the horrors inflicted on her 14-year-old son.
The 9-foot bronze statue in Greenwood, Mississippi, depicts the living Till in slacks, dress shirt and tie with one hand on the brim of a hat.