The badly beaten corpse of Emmett Till a 14 year old African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi for reportedly flirting with a white women. Emmett Till was given a public funeral in an open casket to show the brutality of the beating. The death rallied support for civil right all over America.
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.