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Emmett Till

Murder Victim Emmett Till

Profession: Murder Victim

United States of America

Biography: An African-American boy Emmett was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman.

Born: July 25, 1941
Birthplace: Webb, Mississippi, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo

Died: August 28, 1955 (aged 14)
Cause of Death: Kidnapped and lynched

Historical Events

  • 1955-08-21 Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered
  • 1955-08-28 Chicago black teenager Emmett Till is kidnapped, beaten and shot dead by white men in Money, Mississippi. His killers are eventually acquitted, but the case helps ignite the US civil rights movement.
  • 1955-09-23 All white jury finds Roy Brant and John William Milam not guilty of the brutal murder of black teenager Emmett Till in Sumner, Mississippi, in landmark case that would help inspire civil rights movement in the US
  • 2022-03-29 US President Joe Biden signs the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law, making lynching a federal hate crime after over 200 attempts to pass similar legislation since 1900

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