Posted on October 21, 2019

Mississippi Erects Bulletproof Emmett Till Memorial

Marina Pitofsky, The Hill, October 19, 2019

A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was unveiled Saturday after the previous sign was repeatedly damaged.

The new sign, made out of bulletproof steel and ten times heavier than the previous one, according to HuffPost, was memorialized Saturday as members of Till’s family gathered at Graball Landing in Mississippi. {snip}

The sign will also be behind a gate and under the watch of surveillance cameras, according to the memorial’s commission.


“This marker answers the question as to what we do with our history,” Reverend Willie Williams, co-director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, which called for the new marker, told HuffPost. “Do we learn from it? Do we use it to help our society have greater respect for humanity? This answers that.”


Three University of Mississippi students prompted outrage after posing with guns for a photo in front of the memorial, which was riddled with bullet holes at the time.