On September 23, 1955, the two men who murdered 14-year-old Emmett Till were acquitted in a Mississippi courtroom. “Every lawyer in town had signed on to defend Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam,” explains Alexandra Marvar in her recent feature for GEN on the efforts to commemorate Till’s death in the Mississippi Delta. “The businesses put out jars to collect donations for the defense. The proceedings took five days, and the deliberation — soda break included — was hardly more than an hour.”
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