‪Emmett Till Interpretive Center‬

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Holly R
‪Chapel Hill‬, ‪North Carolina‬1,058 مساهمة
مارس 2020
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 أبريل 2020
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Pittsburgh_cyclist
بيتسبيرغ, بنسيلفانيا498 مساهمة
زوجان • نوفمبر 2019
‪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. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 1 نوفمبر 2019
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Sally N
New York City41 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2019
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 18 أكتوبر 2019
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MargieWhoTravels
هوستن, تكساس13 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • يوليو 2019
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 5 يوليو 2019
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Mary M
4 مساهمات
زوجان • مايو 2019
‪I left exhibit grateful for the courage of Emmett’s mother. She was a strong woman who changed history. I cannot imagine her pain and sadness but she used her tragedy to mobilize people to demand a better world. We all need this courage moving forward. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 مايو 2019
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Rob H
Boston, United States5 مساهمات
زوجان • أكتوبر 2018
‪Greatly enjoyed discussion with staff of the Center, including learning about their photo documentary and story-telling program with local young people. Very good explanatory panels. And a highlight was visiting the courtroom where Emmett Till's killers were "tried." Really powerful to be in this lovely space, still an active courtroom, and to reflect on the miscarriage of justice that took place there. Appreciated a lot our conversation with Center staffer Bill Foster who took us to the courtroom.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 6 نوفمبر 2018
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Ellen Sauer
‪Fort Wayne‬, ‪Indiana‬30 مساهمة
زوجان • أكتوبر 2018
‪This museum is well worth the trek off the beaten path into the town of Sumner. We were guided through the main exhibit and then the courthouse by Bill Foster. Bill moved to Chicago as a young boy, then moved to Chicago and has returned in his elder years. He shared his own connection to Emmett Till as well as his personal sentiments on so much. He was really lovely. This direct connection reminded us that this wasn't all that long ago and the pain felt by the community then and now is powerful and that speaking the truth really do open the door to healing.

Definitely register ahead or call so you can be assured that a docent is available to guide you. The space wouldn't have nearly the meaning without that.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 1 نوفمبر 2018
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retrobolted1
أوتاوا, كندا27 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • يوليو 2018
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 يوليو 2018
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jayreeg
‪Newton‬, ماساتشوستسمساهمة
بمفردك • أغسطس 2017
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 24 أغسطس 2017
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Em B
بريسبان, أستراليا77 مساهمة
بمفردك • أغسطس 2017
‪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.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 16 أغسطس 2017
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