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Emmett Till

Murder of Emmett Till memorialized 60 years later

Murder of Emmett Till memorialized 60 years later

The Chicago pastor vividly remembers the night 60 years ago when two white men came for his cousin Emmett Till.

"Fear just gripped me," said the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. "You couldn't call anyone but God for help, so that's what I did. I prayed."

Till was murdered Aug. 28, 1955, for reportedly whistling at a white woman at a store while visiting relatives in Mississippi. After he was beaten and shot, the corpse of the black 14-year-old boy from Chicago was found three days later in the Tallahatchie River; the alleged killers were later acquitted by an all-white jury.

The decision by Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, to hold an open-casket funeral in...