The Legendary South – Mississippi
He carried the 75-pound gin fan, which they would later tie around his neck using barbed wire before ultimately shooting him in the head and tossing his body into the Tallahatchie River.
J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant admitted to the acts described above in a confession published by Look magazine in 1956.
Emmett Till, from Chicago, was visiting his family when a chain of events unraveled leaving the end result with a morbid outcome that screamed out for change.
Till’s killers were tried by an all white jury and never charged.
As the sun set in Sumner, MS on the old courthouse where the trial of Emmett Till was held, students were found reflecting on the struggles of the past and becoming aware of the struggles they face in the future.
A single day in Jackson, MS was not nearly enough to take in all the historic value that is held in this place of hallowed ground. Much of the civil rights movement started here in Jackson, beginning with the Freedom Rides. In 1961 more than 300 Freedom Riders were arrested as they demonstrated against segregation on public transportation. The events at Tougaloo College, the life work and death of Medgar Evers and the beginning of the James Meredith March.
Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell for the Clarion-Ledger met with SJSU students to talk about the significant role he played as a reporter and journalist during the civil rights movements as well as how it feels being one today.
Neshoba County Philadelphia, MS was the last stop before the students headed to Selma, Alabama. Philadelphia, MS. marked the place where the three civil rights workers, Goodman, Schwerner and Cheney were slain by the KKK.