Today’s clip narrated by Ted Lange discusses the destruction of Greenwood Avenue and the murder of Emmett Till.
The murder of Emmett Till was noted as one of the leading events that motivated the American Civil Rights Movement. Born on July 25, 1941, Till was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. The murder case was officially reopened in May 2004; as part of the investigation, the body was exhumed in order to perform an autopsy.] The body was reburied in a new casket, which is standard practice in cases of body exhumation, by the family in the same location later that week. In July 2009, while his gravesite appeared undisturbed, his original casket, in which his battered body was famously displayed years earlier, was found rusting in a run-down shack on the cemetery grounds. Till’s family has since donated the original casket to the Smithsonian Institution.
The clip reveals the impact of those atrocities on Curtis and Mariah and their contemporaries.
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