Emmett Till Mississippi civil rights memorial defaced again

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A group discovered that the vinyl panels had been torn off of the back of the marker, which had photos and writings about Till, whose family was in talks to meet with the Department Of Justice after Carolyn Bryant admitted in February to lying about Till touching her several years ago.

A civil rights marker about Emmett Till on the Mississippi Freedom Trail has been vandalized twice in the past two months, according to the firm that manages the trail.

It was erected in 2011, the first on the Mississippi Freedom Trail. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

NBC reports that information about Till, the Chicago teenager who was brutally kidnapped, beaten and lynched in 1955, was obliterated this time around.

"KKK" was scrawled on an Emmett Till Memorial Highway sign in 2006.

Just weeks prior, the marker was defaced after someone scratched it with a blunt tool. The 14-year-old teen was murdered in MS during a visit in the summer of 1955.

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Ever since his mother chose to have an open-casket funeral so that his brutalization was apparent for all to see, it has served as stark motivation for civil rights activists.

The men were acquitted by an all-white jury, though the men later confessed in a paid magazine interview. His disfigured body was later recovered from the Tallahatchie River.

The controversy and pain surrounding Till's death has continued, and his name is still a rallying cry for many in the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to Hammons, the marker cost more than $8,000 to make and will cost at least $500 to fix.

Cultural Leadership, a group of St. Louis high school students, visited the area on Sunday, and quickly covered the vandalized sign with text of their own.

"These are easy targets, a low-risk outlet for racism", Dave Tell, an associate professor at the University of Kansas who is part of the Emmett Till Memory Project, told the Clarion-Ledger in October.

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