Just days after 3 University of Mississippi students took pictures of themselves holding guns in front of the bullet ridden memorial, a sign marking the spot where 14 year old Emmett Till’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River has been removed to make room for a 600lb, bulletproof replacement. For those not familiar with Till, he was tortured and murdered in the mid 50s for the crime of allegedly flirting with a white girl.
The sign originally went up in 2007 and became a favorite target for local racists. It has been repeatedly shot at and stolen. The latest vandals are currently under investigations by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.