Markers placed to honor the life of slain Black teen Emmett Till have been vandalized twice in less than year’s time. The most recent incident found that panels explaining the details of the 14-year-old’s short life and tragic end were defaced, adding to a series of such acts over the years.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail is comprised of markers in the state as it relates to the civil rights struggles of the 20th Century. Till’s markers have been especially targeted by vandals according to reports. A display panel was ripped apart, making the sign essentially unreadable.
Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm made the marker, said Monday that someone scratched the marker with a blunt tool in May. During the past week, a tour group discovered vinyl panels had been peeled off the back of the metal marker in Money, Mississippi. The panels contained photos and words about Till.