President Biden establishes national monument honoring Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley

On what would have been Emmett Till's 82nd birthday, U.S. President Joe Biden signs a proclamation protecting the sites connected to Till's death.

Emmett Till, President Joe Biden
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Till was the 14 year old Black boy from Chicago who was kidnapped, beaten, shot in the head, and thrown into a Mississippi river in 1955. He'd been accused of offending a white woman, Carolyn Bryant. Found not guilty by an all-white jury, Bryant's husband and his brother later confessed to Till's murder.

Emmett Till, President Joe Biden
September 3, 1955, Crowd outside Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ (at 4021 South State Street) as members of Emmett Till's family leave for his burial service, Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit Chicago Sun-Times Collection/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

The proclamation signed Tuesday by President Biden establishes the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument. It covers three sites in Mississippi and Illinois, including the Chicago church where thousands mourned the death of Till.

The other two sites in Mississippi are Graball Landing near the Tallahatchie River area where Till's body was found, and the courthouse where the trial of the two white men accused of killing him were tried and wrongfully acquitted.

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