The memorial sign of murdered African-American teenager Emmett Till has been rendered unreadable by alleged vandals, according to a photo that a film student shared on Facebook of the vandalism.
The sign, which marks the place where the 14-year-old’s body was found mutilated in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, in 1955, was riddled with bullet holes when the visitor found it on Oct. 15.
Till’s marker stands in Tallahatchie County, about two hours north of Jackson, Mississippi. The sign has more than 40 bullet holes in it.
However, the sign will soon be getting fixed — the Emmett Till Interpretive Center announced that they had raised about $15,200 to replace the marker less than a week after the photo of the sign went viral.
There is no word on who is responsible for the vandalism or if police had opened an investigation into the sign. The Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.
Till, who was from Chicago, Illinois, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman.
He was allegedly kidnapped, beaten and mutilated before being shot by Bryant’s husband, Roy, and his half-brother J.W. Milam. They then allegedly sunk his body in the Tallahatchie River.
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In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted of Till’s kidnapping and murder, although they later publicly admitted to committing the crime. Till’s death became a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.
The sign has been vandalized multiple times since 2008, according to CNN, but no arrests have ever been made.