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The Murder of Emmett Till

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May 3, 2017, 1:00 PM CT

Presented by Dave Tell

On August 25, 1955, Emmett Till whistled at a white woman outside a Mississippi grocery store. Three days later, the 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago was kidnapped, tortured, murdered, and thrown into a river. For the next 50 years, there was not a single memorial to Till's murder in the Mississippi Delta. Since 2005, however, over $5 million has been invested in the production of an entire Emmett Till commemorative infrastructure. The Delta now boasts nine roadside markers, two restored buildings, a museum, an interpretive center, a community building, and a nature trail that tells the story of Till's murder. This presentation introduces the audience to the various Till memorials and uses them to explore the competing narratives of exactly what happened on the night of the murder.

Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center
330 NE Industrial Ln
Lawrence, KS 66044-1471
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Sponsored by: Northeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center

For more information about this event, please contact:
Leah Henry
(785) 330-2521
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