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Sign marking brutal slaying of Emmett Till in Mississippi riddled with bullet holes

Sign marking brutal slaying of Emmett Till in Mississippi riddled with bullet holes

Working on a film about Emmett Till, the African American teen brutally slain in 1955, had already been an emotional experience for Kevin Wilson Jr.

A graduate film student at New York University, Wilson set out to document Till's life earlier this year, speaking with one of Till's cousins who was there 61 years ago when the 14-year-old was abducted, mutilated and dumped in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River.

Wilson said the interview left him shaken.

"I'm struggling to keep it together," he wrote in a post on the film's fundraising page over the summer. "To be able to hear the voice of someone who shared laughs, cries, food, and a bed with Emmett Till is...

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