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Emmett Till Marker on Mississippi Freedom Trail Rededicated

Money, Mississippi — July 25, 2017 — The Mississippi Freedom Trail Task Force rededicated the Emmett Till historical interpretive marker today outside the former Bryant’s Grocery in Money.

The repaired marker restores information detailing how Till’s death in 1955 galvanized the Civil Rights movement across America. Visitors to the marker discovered it was defaced in June.

“Repairing the Emmett Till marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail quickly was our top priority,” said Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray. “By restoring this piece of Till’s legacy on what would have been his 76th birthday, we continue to recognize the sacrifices made in the struggle for civil rights.”

The Emmett Till marker is the only Mississippi Freedom Trail marker damaged in the history of the trail, established to commemorate the people, places and events of the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

“Love has more power than hate,” said Dr. Leslie-Burl McLemore, member of the Mississippi Freedom Trail Task Force and professor emeritus at Jackson State University.

“The quest for freedom will always move forward thanks to the good people, black and white, in Mississippi in spite of what has happened. People who persist in love, freedom and good will prevail in the long term.”

The Emmett Till marker was the first marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which was launched in 2011.