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

Tutwiler Funeral Home

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 23, 2021
1. Tutwiler Funeral Home Marker
Inscription.  On August 31, 1955, Woodrow Jackson prepared Emmett Till's body here at the Tutwiler Funeral Home, to return to Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in Chicago. Emmett's uncle, Crosby Smith, had to sign a document promising not to open the casket. Once the body reached Chicago, Mamie Till-Mobley defied that order, promising to show the world what was done to her son. The public outcry over the condition of Emmett's mutilated body is considered to be one of the main sparks that ignited the Civil Rights Movement
 
Erected 2008 by the State of Mississippi.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is August 31, 1955.
 
Location. 34° 0.901′ N, 90° 25.901′ W. Marker is in Tutwiler, Mississippi, in Tallahatchie County. Marker is at the intersection of Hamcock Street and Front Street, on the left when traveling west on Hamcock Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 Hancock St, Tutwiler MS 38963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W.C. Handy Encounters the Blues (within shouting distance of this
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By Mark Hilton, May 23, 2021
2. Tutwiler Funeral Home and Marker
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marker); Legendary Home of the Blues (within shouting distance of this marker); Emmett Till Murder Trial (approx. 4.7 miles away); Tallahatchie County Confederate Monument (approx. 4.7 miles away); Tallahatchie County (approx. 5˝ miles away); John Lee Hooker (approx. 6.2 miles away); Parchman Farm Blues (approx. 7.6 miles away); Hopson Plantation (approx. 11.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tutwiler.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Hill Country History on Tutwiler (1955). (Submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
 
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 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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