Emmett Till


On August 26, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American teenager from Chicago, Illinois was abducted while visiting relatives near Money, Mississippi, and was murdered.  His body was discovered three days later in the Tallahatchie River.  In September 1955, two local Mississippi men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, were prosecuted by state authorities for Till’s murder in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.  They were acquitted in a jury trial. Both men subsequently admitted to a journalist in an interview that was published in Look Magazine that they murdered Till.  Milam and Bryant died in 1981 and 1994, respectively.

Incident Date: 
Friday, August 26, 1955
Case Name: 
Emmett Till
Industry Code: 
Civil Rights Division
Updated October 6, 2016