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Emmet Till: River Site Historical Marker

September 3 @ 8:00 am - October 5 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Opens Sept. 3; Closes Oct. 5
Flag Hall, Second Floor, Center

During a visit to see his great uncle in Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, of Chicago, was brutally lynched Aug. 28,1955. When his mutilated body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River, his mother insisted on an open-casket funeral in Chicago. Starting in 2008, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission erected nine historical markers to remember Till, but the signs have been stolen, riddled with bullets, or thrown in the river. This monthlong display of the defaced historical marker preserves the memory of Emmett Till while demonstrating the contested nature of racism’s violent legacy in America. The 317 bullet punctures further serve as a reminder that the racism that caused Till’s death still exists today and that his murderers were never truly brought to justice.

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September 3 @ 8:00 am UTC+0
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October 5 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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National Museum of American History

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national Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
Washington D.C., 20560 United States
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