Summer of 1955
Before | The Death of Emmett Till | After

A fourteen year old Chicagoan in rural Mississippi to visit relatives during the summer of 1955, Till was murdered by two white men because he allegedly made impertinent remarks to the wife of one of them. Till's death sparked massive outrage and drew worldwide attention to racial injustice and segregation in the United States.

Photo and text courtesy of AAS/HIST 628: History of the Civil Rights Movement at the University of Wisconsin as taught by Brenda Gayle Plummer.

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