In a statement from the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, the marker will be the fourth one installed at Graball Landing, the site on the Tallahatchie River where Till’s body was pulled from the water. The marker will also be gated, as well as have security cameras.
“We believe it is important to keep a sign at this historic site, but we don’t want to hide the legacy of racism by constantly replacing broken signs,” the statement reads. “The commission hopes this sign will endure, and that it will continue to spark conversations about Till, history, and racial justice.”
The Commission is also trying to create a Mamie and Emmett Till National Park.
The news comes after a photo surfaced of three students from the University of Mississippi posing with the bullet-ridden marker. Two of the three students are seen holding guns in the picture.
The trio was suspended by their fraternity, Kappa Alpha, following the photo’s surfacing. They may also face investigation by the Department of Justice for the photo as well.
Reports of the Till marker being riddled with bullet holes first surfaced three years ago. A tourist by the name of Kevin Wilson Jr. had posted a photo of the plaque to his Facebook page, showing the sign blasted with bullet holes.
Aside from that, another marker dedicated to the civil rights figure in Mississippi has also been vandalized.
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