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The Timeline of Emmett Till's Story

Emmett Till was just a child when he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by white supremacists in the Jim Crow South in 1955. They tried to cover it up. Emmett’s mother, Mamie, insisted that the world know what they did to her son.

Here is the timeline of Emmett Till's story:

Timeline of Emmett Till's Story

Aug. 21, 1955
14-year-old Emmett Till arrives in Mississippi to visit family.

Aug. 24, 1955
Emmett whistles at a White woman outside a country store.

Aug. 28, 1955
Emmett is kidnapped from his uncle's home at gunpoint.

Aug. 31, 1955
Emmett's badly beaten and decomposed body is found in the Tallahatchie River.

Sept. 3, 1955
Emmett's open casket funeral takes place in Chicago.

Sept. 6, 1955
J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant are indicted for kidnapping and murder.

Sept. 19, 1955
The trial begins with a jury composed of 12 White men.

Sept. 23, 1955
Jury renders a verdict of not guilty after only 67 minutes.

You can find more details about these events at emmetttillexhibit.org/story/.