Glossary Term – Person
Emmett Till (1941–1955) was a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago who was brutally murdered in rural Mississippi in 1955. Till was in Mississippi to visit relatives, and on August 24, 1955, he spoke to or whistled at a female grocery store cashier. Four days later the woman’s husband and his half brother abducted Till and beat him severely before shooting him and dumping his body into a river. The murderers were quickly arrested, but they were acquitted at trial by an all-white, all-male jury.