Chicago native Emmett Till is honored with a statue in Greenwood, Mississippi.

The nine-foot bronze statue sits a few miles from the crumbling remains of the store where he was accused of stalking a white woman – an event that led to his kidnapping and murder.

Till’s death, and specifically his funeral, sparked a new day in the civil rights movement.

His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, insisted he have an open casket service despite his unrecognizable disfigured face.

The service was held in Chicago at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ. The church still stands on 40th and South State Street.


Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are pushing to have the Bronzeville Church declared a national monument.

“So that we can remember Emmett Till’s journey that continues, and then we can remember this place at this point in history that finally opened our eyes to the reality of hate,” said Durbin.

The church has been placed on the annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites due to structural issues.

A life-size bronze statue of Till-Mobley is planned for the Chicago suburb of Summit. A grand opening Oct. 28 is scheduled for a spot outside Argo Community High School, where she was an honored student.

The statue should be in place at the end of April.


Harrison remembers his service to the church and the community


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