An Emmett Until marker, describing the 1955 lynching of the black teen is being rededicated.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reviews that audio system will embrace Until’s cousin Wheeler Parker, now 79. Parker was an eyewitness to Until’s 1955 abduction.
The signal defaced final yr stands close to the spot the place the 14-year-old was accused of whistling at a white shopkeeper, whose husband and one other man allegedly beat and mutilated him and threw him into the Tallahatchie River. Until’s mom demanded an open-casket funeral. The lads had been acquitted by an all-white jury whose members mentioned they knew they had been responsible, however didn’t suppose imprisonment was applicable for the killing of a black man.
The ceremony, scheduled for five p.m. Thursday in Glendora, is supported by the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities’ Most Southern Place on Earth Institute.
Info from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com
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