Emmett Till would have been 76-years-old today.
A Mississippi marker honoring Till was rededicated Tuesday on what would have been his 76th birthday.
The ceremony took place in Greenwood, Mississippi outside Bryant’s Grocery, the place where the 14-year-old Till was accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, back in 1955. The marker was originally erected in 2011 as part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail but was defaced and vandalized twice during the summer, when someone scratched the marker and another peeled off the back where photos and writings about Till were displayed.
“Repairing the Emmett Till marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail quickly was our top priority,” Visit Mississippi Director Craig Ray, reportedly said to the crowd during the ceremony, which included several of Till’s relatives. “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 quest for freedom will always move forward thanks to the good people, black and white, in Mississippi in spite of what has happened,” Leslie Burl McLemore, a member of the Mississippi Freedom Trail Task Force and professor emeritus at Jackson State University, added. “People who persist in love, freedom and good will prevail in the long term.”