Glossary Term – Event
Emmett Till, an African American teenager from Chicago, was murdered in Mississippi. Having arrived in Mississippi a week before to visit relatives, Till was kidnapped, beaten, shot, and killed by two white men after allegedly speaking inappropriately to a white female grocery store cashier. The murderers—the husband and half brother-in-law of the cashier—dumped Till’s corpse in a river. The men were soon arrested but were aqcuitted at trial by an all-white, all-male jury.