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date: 04 March 2021

Till, Emmett Louislocked

(25 July 1941–28 August 1955)
  • Stephen J. Whitfield

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Till, Emmett Louis (25 July 1941–28 August 1955), the most famous young victim of racial violence in southern and American history, was born near Chicago, the son of Louis Till, a soldier, and Mamie (maiden name unknown), a clerical worker. After completing the seventh grade in an all-black elementary school on the South Side of Chicago, “Bobo” Till was sent on vacation to the Mississippi Delta in late summer 1955. His hosts were his great-uncle, Moses Wright, a sharecropper, and Wright’s wife, Elizabeth....

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