New Emmett Till Memorial Is Now Bulletproof

October 21, 2019
Emmett Till memorial is now bulletproof.

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A new Emmett Till memorial has been erected in Glendora, Mississippi. The site has been known to be routinely vandalized with bullet holes, theft and other racist defacement. 

Recently, a fourth dedication was put up and designed to be completely bulletproof. The original sign took nearly 50 years to be placed near the spot where Emmett Till's lifeless body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in rememberance of the heinous lynching in 1955.

The sign was believed to have been removed and tossed into the river by vandals. The two signs that came after it were both defaced with bullet holes.

“This is not just driving down the highway and you see a sign and shoot it,” Patrick Weems, director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told the Washington Post. “It’s a very remote site that you’re not just regularly passing by. … Unfortunately, we have people who go all the way out of the way to vandalize it.”

The new sign features replacable 1 inch polycarbonate glass, 1/2 inch steel and will have surveillance cameras.

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