Emmett Till sign in Mississippi will be replaced with steel bulletproof sign

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(localmemphis.com) – The new sign marking the spot in Mississippi where the body of Emmett Till was found in 1955 will be bulletproof and made of steel.

Till was 14-years-old when he was tortured and killed after accusations that he flirted with a white woman. His death became an important catalyst in the Civil Rights movement.

The new sign will be steel and covered with one-inch of bullet resistant plastic. That’s important because it has been shot multiple times, thrown in the nearby Tallahatchie River, spray-painted, and defaced with acid.

Earlier this week, a photo emerged showing three white University of Mississippi students posing with guns in front of the bullet-riddled sign. All three men have been suspended from their Ole Miss fraternity.

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