Tutwiler in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Tutwiler Funeral Home
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 Americans • Civil 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 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. 5½ 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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 118 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 3. submitted on December 11, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.