Emmett Louis Till

Till’s body was shipped to Chicago, where his mother opted to have an open-casket funeral with Till’s body on display for five days. Thousands of people came to the Roberts Temple Church of God to see the evidence of this brutal hate crime.

 

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The Commission on Chicago Landmarks Thursday granted preliminary landmark status to the South Side home of Emmett Till, at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave. in Woodlawn. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
Emmett Till’s home on the South Side was granted preliminary landmark status Thursday — on the same date that the teen’s historic open-casket funeral was held 65 years ago.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to give the prestigious status to the home at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave., where Till lived before that fateful trip down South ending with his brutal lynching on Aug. 28, 1955.
It’s a bittersweet milestone in the years-long journey of preservationists and the Till family to landmark the home of the youth whose murder propelled the civil rights movement.
It comes a week after last Friday’s 65th anniversary of the seminal American tragedy.
“I am grateful for the efforts to preserve the memory of my cousin Emmett Till. He speaks from the grave,” Till’s cousin, the Rev. Wheeler Parker, 81, of Summit wrote in his testimony read to commissioners.