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Emmett Till

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The federal government has reopened the murder case of Emmett Till, a black teen whose was murdered more than 60 years ago after being accused of grabbing a white woman that shocked the nation and helped prompt the civil rights movement.

Till was 14 years old when Carolyn Donham, a 21-year-old shopkeeper in the town of Money, Mississippi, said the youth grabbed and whistled at her.

Three days later, the battered body of Till,  was found in the Tallahatchie River.

Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley, requested her son’s casket be left open for the funeral so the public could see how badly he had been beaten. More than 100,000 African-Americans paid their respects.

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