The Catalyst of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till traveled to Money, Mississippi, to visit relatives. He was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered after reportedly whistling at a white woman. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, insisted on an open-casket funeral near their hometown of Chicago. Her brave decision let the world see the racist violence inflicted upon her son and set the Civil Rights Movement into motion. Read More

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Plan Your Visit

Plan a visit to the three sites associated with the national monument in Mississippi and Illinois.

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History and Culture

Learn more about Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.

Last updated: July 24, 2023

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Mailing Address:

Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument Headquarters
P.O. Box 361

Sumner, MS 38957


(662) 483-1231
Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

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