Emmett Till Interpretive Center

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Emmett Till Interpretive Center

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The Emmett Till Interpretive Center was formed to confront the brutal truth of the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta and to seek justice for the Till family and Delta community. The Center aims to tell the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, as an act of restorative justice to create the conditions necessary to begin the process of racial healing in Mississippi and across the nation. The Center works to foster a community and society that embraces truth telling as the crucial first step toward racial healing.
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Holly R
Chapel Hill, NC1,058 contributions
The New York Times and NPR have both reported on the Emmett Till Interpretative Trail, which is a series of sites linked to the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till in 1955. The Center, located in Sumner, across from the Courthouse where the trial of the two men responsible for the murder took place, has a small but informative display of news paper accounts and photos from the trial. You can also arrange in advance to meet a member of their team who can discuss the reconciliation work the Center is doing within the community and the mission of the Center. We met with Benjamin, who was both informative and a warm and welcoming person.

The Interpretative Trail, which includes the funeral home in Tutwiler, the ruins of Bryant Grocery Store in Money, the Courthouse in Sumner, the area on River Road where TIll's body was found and the shed in Glendora where he was murdered, are all places for contemplation and to bear witness to a history that is still being contested in Mississippi --- and in other parts of the country as well. It was also a way to see rural Mississippi and to get a sense of the distances the men traveled to terrorize this young boy. A lot of hatred.
We worked with Jesse, one of the members of the Reconciliation Committee, who went with us to a number of the sites on the Trail. There is a mobile app that you can use, but I found it really helpful to have an informed community person who could both talk about the work at the Center as well as guide us to the various sites, most of which are off the beaten path. You can contact the Center for information on guides -- there is a fee for their time -- but we were glad to have someone with us. The Bryant Grocery Store in Money seems to get the most attention, perhaps because it is the easiest to find. When we got there there was a large tour bus there as well, but we were the only people at the other places we stopped at. The brutal murder of Emmett Till and his mother's efforts to tell the world about it (As someone in 1955 said, Sumner is not America, it is Mississippi) Emmett Till changed that and was an important trigger for the Civil Rights Movement that followed. It is said that when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery street car she was thinking of Emmett Till.
Written April 11, 2020
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Sally N
New York City41 contributions
Visiting this place is a must for all Americans and anybody who is interested in the history of this country. This small but fascinating Interpretive Center across the road from the Sumner Courthouse, tells the story of the shameful travesty of justice that was the trial of the men who abducted, tortured and slaughtered young Emmett Till. But much more than that, the Nonprofit that has stewardship of the site continues the quest for truth, reconciliation and justice in the Sumner community, as well as in greater Mississippi - long considered ground zero in the Civil Rights era and the State that Martin Luther King Jr described as “sweltering in the heat of injustice”. The Center’s mission is to educate, inform and engage people in learning about this terrible event and why the events of summer 1955 still resonate today. If you think that this was all in the past, then consider that volunteer Benjamin told us that many people who visit the Center and the Courthouse, have lived in the area all their lives and have never heard of Emmett Till until relatively recently. Moreover, the marker plaque on the site where Emmett’s body was found in the Tallahatchie river has been regularly defaced and peppered with gunshot. Earlier this year, three white students from Ole Miss posted a picture on social media, depicting them in front of the bullet holes on the plaque, toting guns and grinning for the camera. Many of their friends ‘“liked’ the posts without even knowing who Emmett Till was.The Emmett Till Interpretive Center’s response has been to raise funds for a new, bullet-proof marker - to be dedicated this weekend - and to stage community events to discuss the issue, including one at Ole Miss itself. Some years ago, the Center held an event on the anniversary of Emmett’s murder, whereby the community of Sumner formally apologized to Emmett’s relatives for their failure to protect Emmett, or to bring his killers to justice - a wonderful act of healing and reconciliation.

This is a wonderful place with a wonderful mission, deserving of all our attention. The drive out through Delta cotton fields and big skies is awesome.
Written October 18, 2019
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retrobolted1
Ottawa, Canada35 contributions
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This is a wonderful and important initiative and I strongly recommend visiting if you are anywhere in or near the Delta.

We visited on a Sunday (with a pre-booked tour), and I admit we felt a little rushed by the person showing us around. I don't know whether this was intentional, but we didn't have time to read many of the newspaper clippings in the Center itself. The guide was certainly very friendly and we enjoyed talking with him, although it did feel morel like someone was opening a building for us and chatting a while rather than as if this were a trained person giving us guidance on the center, the events it focuses on, and the general issues of racial harmony.
Written July 16, 2018
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jayreeg
Newton, MA1 contribution
Solo
As a native Texan who moved to New England in the 1970s, I have a special interest in Mississippi since the state is the site of much history that has shaped the country, and my mom grew up outside Jackson, so it's personal as well.

I decided to explore the Emmett Till story, so I visited Money, MS and then spent time with Kenyatta and Bill, two wonderful staffers at the Interpretive Center. I was very moved to learn about the details and to be in the actual places where history happened. Since returning home, I've talked with family and friends about how special the entire experience was. I encourage anyone to make the effort to visit the Center. Simply put, it's a wonderful opportunity to gain a new perspective on history as well as these times.
Written August 24, 2017
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Pittsburgh_cyclist
Pittsburgh, PA523 contributions
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The museum is across the road from the courthouse where Emmett Till’s murderers were acquitted. It’s still disturbing to see the site where such injustice was done.
Written November 1, 2019
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Em B
Brisbane, Australia77 contributions
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I travelled to the USA in order to learn about the Civil Rights Movement on the ground where it actually occurred. While I knew about Emmett Till before I got to Sumner, being on the ground where the trial occurred was worth the detour from Natchez to Memphis. To make sure that you're aware, there are two places you need to visit related specifically to Emmett Till; the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Centre at Glendora which is open from 10am and the Emmett Till Interpretive Centre at Sumner (opposite the Court House) which is by appointment.

The Interpretive Centre isn't really a museum in the traditional sense and I'd suggest ETHIC at Glendora is the more "museum'y" of the two however seeing the town where the trial occurred, photographs from the actual newspapers and the courthouse as it would have been back then is interesting.

What made this visit though was the guide, Benjamin. I had probably the best conversation about Emmett Till, the environment that allowed the murder to occur and the state of affairs now that I have had to this date. The work that they are doing in the Intrepid Centre is fantastic and I found the photographs that were taken as a part of the photo documentaries to be really special.

Before this I had visited The Whitney Plantation and after this I went to Memphis and Birmingham to visit the Civil Rights Museums, but this visit and talk with Benjamin still sticks out as the most special part of the trip so far.
Written August 16, 2017
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mwess
Herriman, UT88 contributions
We had a great experience with our visit to the interpretive center and to the courtroom. Our guide Benjamin was knowledgeable and very willing to talk with us candidly. We really appreciated the perspective he offered. It's off the beaten path but I highly recommend it.
Written March 26, 2017
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Mayya V
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This is an incredibly important site - both for its historical significance and for the lessons that remain to be learned today. Our group spent an evening at the Center with Patrick Weems, who gave us an in-depth tour of the site and shared the history of the area with us. Patrick was great - friendly, knowledgeable, answered all of our many questions, and gave us much needed perspective on what happened to Emmett Till and how that tragedy was allowed to occur. I'd highly recommend that everyone take the time to visit the Center. It's a truly transformative experience.
Written January 29, 2017
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lakshmikirkire
Chicago, IL2 contributions
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Emmett Till's murder launched the civil right's movement, but rarely do we have the opportunity to understand exactly what happened in the course of the event - from Emmett's visit to the legal case to the eventual confession of the murderers and the societal response and ramifications. This museum is a fantastic opportunity to delve into the story of Emmett's case and understand the historical climate. Additionally, it's just across the street from the courthouse where the legal proceedings took place.
Written January 29, 2017
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MargieWhoTravels
Houston, TX13 contributions
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The horror of Emmett Till’s abduction, torture, and murder is addressed in great detail in this interpretive center. And it’s done using mostly the information that was available at the time. What people actually knew at the time — including how many prospective white jurors were excluded because of their open admissions of racial bigotry, and because many had contributed to the defense costs of the two white men who, after being acquitted, sold their stories about what they’d done to Look Magazine for $4,000. Benjamin was the guide/curator on duty when we visited, and was incredibly well-informed. The photos show where the child’s body was found. Note the bullet-ridden sign.
Written July 5, 2019
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