Yesterday, with friends from Memphis’ Social Media Expedition, I participated in a road trip to visit the sites related to the murder of Emmett Till in 1955. Till’s death and the subsequent acquittal of his killers was a monumental event in the then young civil rights movement.
The Emmett Till Memorial Commission of Tallahatchie County, MS has put together a very comprehensive account of the murder, the trial and their impact on America’s history, as well as placing informative historic markers, and charting a driving tour. If you are not familiar with the story, the links above are a must read.
The Bryant store in Money, Mississippi, where the 14 year old Till allegedly whistled at or made flirtatious remarks to a white woman.
Thanks to Dave and Maurrean Barger, Blake Palmer and and Bethany Galloway for letting me tag along. If you are a history buff, this is an easy day trip from Memphis. If you are also a Blues buff, the route also covers many blues sites that have been memorialized in story and song.