The Murder of Emmett Louis Till

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The Wendell Phillips Academy High School Leadership Department
Mrs. Henderson, Department Chair
Ms Banks
Mr. Brown
Mr. Jones
Mr. Larson
Mrs. Taylor
Ms Boyd, Library Media Specialist

Photograph of Ahmed Rayner courtesy of A.A. Rayner Funeral Home
Other photographs courtesy of PBS.ORG, YouTube and Google Images

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The Murder of Emmett Louis Till

  1. 1. THE MURDER OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL Presented By The Wendell Phillips Academy High School Leadership Department Mrs. Henderson, Department Chair Mr. Brown Mrs. Banks Mr. Jones Mr. Larson Mrs. Taylor Ms Boyd, Library Media Specialist Photograph of Ahmed Rayner courtesy of A.A. Rayner Funeral Home Other photographs courtesy of PBS.ORG, YouTube and Google Images
  2. 2. 71ST & STATE STREET EAST OF THE DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY
  3. 3. WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
  4. 4. BRONZEVILLE John H. Johnson Wendell Phillips Academy High School Graduate Mamie Till’s family was part of the ‘great migration’ of African-Americans that moved from southern states to Bronzeville Ahmed Rayner, owner of A.A. Rayner - The funeral parlor was first located at 4141 South Cottage Grove Avenue in Chicago
  5. 5. EMMETT LOUIS TILL: A CHICAGO TEEN
  6. 6. TILL ATTENDED MCCOSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOW CALLED EMMETT TILL MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY
  7. 7. SUMMER OF 1955 – A TRIP ‘DOWN SOUTH’ Emmett Till and his cousin travel to Mose Wright’s farm.
  8. 8. MONEY, MISSISSIPPI
  9. 9. JIM CROW LAWS
  10. 10. SUMMER OF 1955: THE BEGINNING OF THE COTTON HARVEST
  11. 11. A VISIT TO BRYANT’S GROCERY STORE
  12. 12. STORE OWNERS ROY & CAROLYN BRYANT
  13. 13. TILL HAD A SPEECH IMPEDIMENT
  14. 14. THREE DAYS LATER, MOSE WRIGHT’S FAMILY WAS AWAKENED AT 2:30AM
  15. 15. ACCORDING TO TILL’S UNCLE MOSE WRIGHT, HIS NEPHEW WAS TAKEN AWAY IN A PICK-UP TRUCK BY THE HUSBAND & BROTHER IN LAW OF CAROLYN BRYANT AND A BLACK MAN The bed Till last slept in A pair of pants that belonged to Till
  16. 16. Willie Reed saw Bryant, Milam and Till enter the barn. He later heard cries of someone being beaten inside of the barn . A WITNESS
  17. 17. THREE DAYS LATER, TILL’S BODY WAS PULLED FROM THE TALLAHATCHIE RIVER
  18. 18. TILL’S BODY WAS WEIGHED DOWN BY THIS 70 POUND COTTIN-GIN FAN. BARBED WIRE WAS WRAPED AROUND THE TEEN’S NECK AND ATTACHED TO THE FAN.
  19. 19. Mose Wright was able to identify Emmett Till’s body by the ring that was given to him by Till’s father, Louis Till.
  20. 20. STATE OF MISSISSIPPI OFFICIALS TRIED TO FORCE TILL’S FAMILY TO BURY HIM IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BODY WAS PULLED FROM THE TALLAHATCHIE RIVER. TILL’S MOTHER INSISTED IN HAVING THE BODY RETURNED TO CHICAGO FOR BURIAL.
  21. 21. FUNERAL DIRECTOR, AHMED RAYNER III WAS INSTRUCTED TO LEAVE THE COFFIN SEALED. FROM THE INSISTANCE OF MAMIE TILL MOBLEY, HE OPENED THE COFFIN AND PREPARED THE BODY FOR A PUBLIC VIEWING.
  22. 22. JOHN H. JOHNSON BRAVELY PUBLISHES A GRAPHIC PICTURE OF EMMETT TILL’S CORPSE IN JET MAGAZINE
  23. 23. ROBERTS TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD Bronzeville
  24. 24. ROBERTS TEMPLE CHURCH OF GOD Bronzeville
  25. 25. THE TRIAL OF ROY BRYANT AND J.W. MILAM
  26. 26. MOSE WRIGHT IDENTIFIES ROY BRYANT AND J.W. MILAM IN COURT For the first time, a black man had the strength to stand in open court and accuse a white man of a capital crime.
  27. 27. DESPITE THE TESTIMONY OF WRIGHT AND REED, BRYANT AND MILAM WERE FOUND ‘NOT GUILTY’ FIVE DAY TRIAL, 1 HOUR JURY DECISION
  28. 28. THE TILL CASE WAS RE-OPENED IN 2004 Documentary Filmmaker Keith Beauchamp & Senator Charles Schumer – NY, are credited to getting the Emmett Till murder case re-opened.
  29. 29. THE TILL CASE WAS A ‘GROTESQUE MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE’ Till’s body was exhumed for an autopsy in 2005. The casket was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture
  30. 30. THE EMMETT TILL UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIME ACT BECAME A LAW IN 2008 This is a federal law that provides a plan for investigating and prosecuting unsolved Civil Rights era murders.
  31. 31. EYES ON THE PRIZE: EMMETT TILL HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=PXK8U58PQTE

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