Emmett Till was killed by two white men in 1955 after being accused of not respecting a white woman. He was brutally tortured and lynched before his body was dumped in Money, Mississippi, in the Tallahatchie River
A new monument in honor of Emmett Till will contain a number of comprehensive security measures, after previous shrines for the murdered black child were destroyed and destroyed.
On Thursday, the Emmett Till Commission revealed that there were plans to develop a tribute room with a security gate, surveillance cameras & a bulletproof board.
The Commission has reportedly secured land for the new monument at Graball Landing in Money, Mississippi, where Till's body was dumped after being tortured and lynched by two white men in 1955.
The murder of the 14-year-old then led to national outrage and set in motion the national civil rights movement after his mother – Mamie Till-Mobley – decided to show his brutal beating at an open coffin funeral.
In a statement on the Commission's website, officials said the gate, cameras, and bulletproof plaque were necessary to protect the room from destruction by modern racists.
& # 39; The efforts of the Commission have been (previously) severely hampered by vandalism & # 39 ;, they wrote.
The Emmett Till Commission applies a number of security measures to prevent vandalism in a new memorial room in honor of the murdered black child. A new plate to be installed at Graball Landing is made of bulletproof steel (photo)
Previous signs in honor of Emmett Tot have been destroyed and destroyed. The sign with the river location, established in 2008, to commemorate the place where the body of Till was found, has been shot repeatedly
& # 39; Our signs and those as they were stolen, thrown into the river, replaced, shot, replaced again, shot again, degreased with acid and had KKK spray on them. & # 39;
The Commission enlisted the help of the company Lite Brite Neon to make a new plaque at Graball Landing of bulletproof steel.
They also revealed that they hope that the new memorial space will be reserved as a National Park. Under current legislation, vandalism in national parks is a federal crime.
Thursday's announcement came just 24 hours after it was revealed that three students from the University of Mississippi had been suspended from their brotherhood after posing with guns in front of a smashed sign in honor of Till.
& # 39; The photo is inappropriate, insensitive, and unacceptable. It does not represent our chapter, & # 39; Taylor Anderson, president of Ole Miss & # 39; Kappa Alpha Order, said in an email. & # 39; We have and continue to communicate with our national organization and the university. & # 39;
Earlier this week, three students from the University of Mississippi were suspended from their brotherhood after posing with guns in front of a smashed sign in honor of
US lawyer Chad Lamar of the northern district of Mississippi in Oxford looked at the photo and said the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division would investigate the incident.
& # 39; We will work closely with them, & # 39; he said.
The River Site sign was established in 2008 and commemorates the place where Till's body was found and has been repeatedly destroyed.
The first version of the board was thrown into the river, while the second board was shot with 317 bullets or shotgun pellets before it was removed.
A third board is damaged with 10 bullet holes and was removed last week.
The Emmett Till committee raised more than $ 12,000 in donations for the new memorial space. The group said on their website that it will be an important site to educate future generations about racing in America.
& # 39; Our goal is to use the history of Till's assassination to initiate conversations about the corrosive effects of past and present racism, & # 39; they explained.
A third board is damaged with 10 bullet holes and was removed last week
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