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Sumner in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Emmett Till Murder Trial

 
 
Emmett Till Murder Trial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
1. Emmett Till Murder Trial Marker
Inscription. In August 1955 the body of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago, was found in the Tallahatchie River. On September 23, in a five day trial held in this courthouse, an all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, of the murder. Both later confessed to the murder in a magazine interview. Till's murder, coupled with the trial and acquittal of these two men, drew international attention and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and the nation.
 
Erected 2007 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Location. 33° 58.249′ N, 90° 22.187′ W. Marker is in Sumner, Mississippi, in Tallahatchie County. Marker is at the intersection of North Court Street and West Court Street, on the right when traveling east on North Court Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Court Street, Sumner MS 38957, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tallahatchie County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Tallahatchie County (approx. 0.9 miles away); W.C. Handy Encounters the Blues (approx. 4.7 miles away);
Tallahatchie County Courthouse where trial took place. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
2. Tallahatchie County Courthouse where trial took place.
Marker is on far right under the tree.
Legendary Home of the Blues (approx. 4.7 miles away); Clinton Melton (approx. 10.5 miles away); King's Place (approx. 10.7 miles away); Sonny Boy Williamson (approx. 10.7 miles away); Milam's House (approx. 10.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sumner.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Emmett Till Murder (Bryant and Milam) Trial 1955. (Submitted on October 23, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Transcript of trial (.pdf). In March, 2007, the FBI released a summary of its 8000 page report of its investigation of the murder of Emmett Till. This report also includes the 354 page transcript of the 1955 murder trial of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant. The transcript had been lost for decades, but in the course of their investigation, the FBI located a faded copy and re-transcribed it. (Submitted on October 23, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsWaterways & Vessels
 
View of marker looking south on West Court Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
3. View of marker looking south on West Court Street.
Emmett Louis Till image. Click for full size.
By Mamie Till Bradley (Fair Use), 1954
4. Emmett Louis Till
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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