U.S. Reopens Investigation Into Emmett Till Slaying


The United States Department of Justice revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder 63 years ago in the state of Mississippi for allegedly talking to a European-American woman became an iconic case for the Civil Rights movement. At his public funeral in Chicago his mutilated body was displayed in an open casket, exposing once again the vicious reality of American racism. The murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury but a year later publicly admitted their guilt. They died in 1980 and 1994 having never faced justice.

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New York Times