After 63 years, the Department of Justice is re-opening the awful murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till.
Till’s murder, and the brave actions of his mother to decide to have an open-casket funeral showing what how they brutalized the young body, was a driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement.
Emmett Till was brutally killed in the summer of 1955. At his funeral, his mother forced the world to reckon with the brutality of American racism. Subscribe to TIME http://po.st/SubscribeTIME In this unprecedented exploration of 100 photographs that shaped the human experience, TIME goes behind each spectacular image to reveal how and why it changed the course of history.
Till was accused of making certain comments to a white woman from Mississippi in 1955. He was then taken out of his great-uncle’s home, shot and beaten and his dead body thrown into the Tallahatchie River.
In early 2017, it was revealed that the woman who made that accusation lied about it. With the re-opening of this investigation, maybe Till’s family can one day experience any semblance of justice.