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

River Site

 
 
River Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 23, 2021
1. River Site Marker
Many of the Emmett Till markers are bullet ridden like this one.
Inscription.  On August 31, 1955, Emmett Till's body was found 2.6 miles to the southeast. Fishermen discovered the body on a piece of land adjacent to the Tallahatchie River, where it had been dumped presumably as a warning to the black community. A cotton gin fan had been tied around Till's neck with barbed wire. Till's uncle, Moses Wright, identified the swollen and mutilated body only because he recognized a ring Emmett wore on his finger. The FBI later confirmed the identity through DNA testing.
 
Erected 2008 by the State of Mississippi. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 31, 1955.
 
Location. 33° 51.651′ N, 90° 16.497′ W. Marker is in Glendora, Mississippi, in Tallahatchie County. Marker is at the intersection of Sharkey Road and River Road, on the right when traveling east on Sharkey Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1332 Sharkey Road, Glendora MS 38928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Looking south on River Rd towards the Graball Landing marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 23, 2021
2. Looking south on River Rd towards the Graball Landing marker.
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flies. Clinton Melton (approx. 2.4 miles away); Sonny Boy Williamson (approx. 2.4 miles away); King's Place (approx. 2.4 miles away); Glendora Gin (approx. 2.4 miles away); Milam's House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Mose Allison (approx. 6˝ miles away); Tallahatchie County (approx. 8˝ miles away); Tallahatchie County Confederate Monument (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendora.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Recovery of Emmett Till's body.
This marker notes the direction to where Emmett Till's body was recovered some 2.6 miles down River Rd. A marker similar to this one was placed there in 2008. That first marker was thrown in the river. The second and third markers were shot at and became riddled with bullet holes.

A new memorial at the recovery site, entitled "Graball Landing", was installed in 2019. The new 500-pound steel sign has a glass bulletproof front.
    — Submitted May 27, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
River Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 23, 2021
3. River Site Marker
About 3 miles south on this road is the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center and more markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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