Emmett Till

The spot where Emmett Till's body was found is marked by this sign. People keep shooting it up.

The spot where Emmett Till's body was found is marked by this sign. People keep shooting it up.

Emmett Till's black, broken body was plucked from the Tallahatchie River in Mississippi days after his killing in Aug. 1955, a heavy cotton gin fan tied on his neck with barbed wire.

It took 19 days for two white men, Roy Bryant and his brother-in-law J.W. Milam, to be acquitted of murder by an all-white jury, which deliberated for less than an hour.

Then it took 52 years for historical markers to be erected at locations related to the teenager's death, which galvanized the civil rights movement after the acquittal.

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