Unequal Justice: The Murder Of Emmett Till [Photos]
Till’s mother Mamie Till Mobley (pictured above) recalled seeing his dead body for the first time. His his tongue was cut and shoved back into his mouth, his genitals were cut off, his eye was missing, his teeth were knocked out, he was shot in the head, his skull was sliced with an axe, and his body was thrown into a river.
The teenager’s murder, and the subsequent acquittal of his killers, helped to launch the Civil Right Movement, due in part to Mobley’s tenacity. She refused to let his death be brushed under the rug and was once quoted as saying, “If it will further the cause of freedom, then I will say that he died a hero.”
Almost 60 years later, his remains a tragic yet pivotal story in the Civil Rights Movement, and the fight for equal rights.
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