Civil rights sign honoring Emmett Till vandalized in Mississippi

The marker outside of Bryant Grocery store on the MS Freedom Trail memorializing the spot where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman was vandalized

The marker outside of Bryant Grocery store on the MS Freedom Trail memorializing the spot where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman was vandalized

A group discovered that the vinyl panels had been torn off of the back of the marker, which had photos and writings about Till, whose family was in talks to meet with the Department Of Justice after Carolyn Bryant admitted in February to lying about Till touching her several years ago.

The metal marker was unveiled in 2011 as a part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a series of state-funded markers at significant civil rights site to highlight the state's African-American history. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

The marker remembers black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped before being lynched in 1955. After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of USA 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign.

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The first time occurred in May, when vandals scratched the marker up with a tool.

Till lived in Chicago but was in MS for the summer visiting relatives when he was killed.

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son's funeral on September 6, 1955, in Chicago. The teenager was later kidnapped, beaten and killed for allegedly offending Bryant. An all-white jury acquitted Bryant's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, in the killing, but the two men later confessed in a paid interview with Look magazine.

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Another sign, marking the spot where Till's body was pulled from a nearby river, was pockmarked with gunfire in 2016. "Again. We have a long way to go", Wilson Jr. wrote on Facebook.

The signage defaced over the weekend cost $8,500 to create and erect, and will be repaired for less than $500, the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger reported Monday.

In January, Bryant, who remarried to become Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Vanity Fair that she had fabricated her testimony against Till.

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"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, who works on the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the newspaper.

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