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Today, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center exists to tell the story of the Emmett Till tragedy and point a way towards racial healing. Using arts and story-telling to help process past pain and uses arts and story-telling to imagine new futures for moving forward.

  • A picture inside the courthouse
  • The outside of the courthouse in Sumner, Mississippi
Emmet Till was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, is brutally murdered for flirting with a white woman four days earlier. His assailants–the white woman’s husband and her brother–made Emmett carry a 75-pound cotton-gin fan to the bank of the Tallahatchie River and ordered him to take off his clothes. The two men then beat him nearly to death, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head, and then threw his body, tied to the cotton-gin fan with barbed wire, into the river.

The Emmett Till Museum Sumner Courthouse is a place to engage in the story of Emmett Till, explore your own story, and create a new emerging story with us. The museum exist to tell the story of Emmett Till in a way that moves people forward. Using art and story-telling to help process past pains and imagine new possibilities for the future.