The White House will establish a national monument of honor– In the year A 14-year-old Chicago boy whose kidnapping, torture, and lynching while visiting his family in Mississippi in 1955 played a role in sparking the civil rights movement — and his late mother.
CBS News has learned that President Biden will sign a proclamation establishing the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument on Tuesday, which would have been Till’s 82nd birthday.
CBS News has learned that the monument will reside in three locations in Mississippi and Illinois. One is at Roberts Temple Church of God in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, where Till’s murder was commemorated in September 1955.
The second site would be Grable Landing, Mississippi, where Till’s body was found in the Tallahassee River.
A third will be in Tallahatchie County Second District Court in Sumer, Mississippi, where Till’s suspected killers were acquitted by an all-white jury less than a month after his brutal slaying.
In August 1955A white woman working at a cash grocery store accused Till of making inappropriate advances to her while she was alone in Cash Mississippi.
Three days later, Till was kidnapped from his relatives’ home. Then in the year On August 31, 1955, three days after the kidnapping, his dismembered body was found in the Tallahatchie River.
The following month, Donham’s husband Roy Bryant – along with Roy’s half-brother JW Milam – were both acquitted of murder leading up to her death.
In the year In 2022, a grand jury in Mississippi announced He was completing the investigation on the matter.Carolyn Donham for her role in the events leading up to Till’s lynching. Before that, in 2021, the Justice Department
Carolyn DonhamIn April at the age of 88.
Till’s relative, the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., told CBS News at the time of her death that although no one was held responsible for his cousin’s death, “it is up to all of us to take responsibility for the challenges we still face in overcoming racial injustice.”
– Cara Tabachnick contributed to this report.