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Emmett Till marker near grocery store site vandalized - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

The marker outside of Bryant Grocery store on the MS Freedom Trail memorializing the spot where Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman was vandalized Emmett Till marker near grocery store site vandalized - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana
Alfredo Watts | 28 June, 2017, 02:07

Visitors to the site, in Money, Mississippi, found vinyl panels providing information about Till, who was kidnapped after white shopkeeper Carolyn Bryant accused him of whistling at her, had been peeled off the sign.

A civil rights historical marker in MS showing information about Emmett Till was vandalized, a public relations official said Monday.

It was erected in 2011, the first on the Mississippi Freedom Trail. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time", he added.

A Mississippi Freedom Trail sign in Money, where 14-year-old Till was kidnapped and killed in 1955, had large parts of its text and photos scraped off by Monday morning. After Emmett Till Memorial Highway was dedicated along a 32-mile stretch of USA 49 East in 2006, vandals painted "KKK" on the Emmett Till highway sign.

Hammons told The AP that the Till sign in Money has been vandalized as recently as May, when it was "scratched with a blunt tool".

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son's funeral on September 6, 1955, in Chicago.

According to NBC, a second Till memorial, located several miles away where his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, has been repeatedly shot. The slaying motivated civil rights activists when Till's mother had an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam for Till's murder. A New York University graduate student, who was making a film about Till had taken a photo of the marker and posted it on social media, after which it had gone viral, Washington Post reported. "Clear evidence that we've still got a long way to go", he wrote.

According to Hammons, the marker cost more than $8,000 to make and will cost at least $500 to fix.

"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, who works on the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the newspaper.