TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — The center collecting money to replace the Emmett Till sign that was damaged by bullet holes has reached its goal.
The Emmett Till Interpretive Center posted on its website that even though the goal has been reached, they are still collecting funds that will be used in other ways.
The sign gained national attention after a social media post went viral showing that the site marker was riddled with bullet holes.
Kevin Wilson, a New York film student told WJTV that he was in the area scouting locations for a project when he saw that the sign that sits at the site where Till’s body was pulled out of the Tallahatchie River. He posted it on Facebook and got a huge response.
Officials with the Emmett Till Interpretive Center said the sign had been vandalized in the past before. They started collecting money to replace the marker. They were also hoping to develop a smartphone app that has GPS tracking that will connect them to other marked sites, if they collected enough money.
Till, a 14-year-old black boy was killed in 1955 after speaking to a white woman. His body was found in the river 61 years ago.