The marker commemorates Till, a black teenager who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. It stands outside of the run-down Bryant’s Grocery Meat Market, where Carolyn Bryant, a white shopkeeper, said Till had whistled at her in August 1955.
Mamie Till Mobley had an open-casket funeral for her son to show how racial terror was use to brutalize and murder her son, who was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when the incident happened.
“Who knows what motivates people to do this?” “Vandals have been around since the beginning of time”, he added. During the past week, a tour group discovered that vinyl panels, that contained photos and words about Till, had been peeled off the back of the metal marker. Just weeks prior, the marker was defaced after someone scratched it with a blunt tool.
Bryant recently admitted that she made up evidence during the trial and the attackers, her husband Roy Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam, later admitted to the killing. The pictures, combined with the acquittal of the two defendants, helped spark the USA civil rights movement. “Again. We have a long way to go”, Wilson Jr. wrote on Facebook.
In October, a separate memorial erected near where Till’s remains were discovered was found ridden with bullet holes.
The controversy and pain surrounding Till’s death has continued, and his name is still a rallying cry for many in the Black Lives Matter movement. Specifically, she told Tyson, “the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her ‘was not true, ‘ ” The Washington Post has reported.
The signage defaced over the weekend cost $8,500 to create and erect, and will be repaired for less than $500, the Jackson, Miss., Clarion-Ledger reported Monday.