Emmett Till....They dragged him from his great-uncle’s house and secreted him away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him through the head and disposed of his body in the Tallahatchie River...His grossly disfigured body was discovered in the river three days later....Till’s mother insisted on having a public funeral with an open casket so the world could see how her son had been brutalized.
Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76
Emmett Till was murdered in August 1955. His death was an important event in moving the Civil Rights Movement forward. Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi. He spoke briefly to a white woman and was killed for it.