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Mississippians react to news of developments in Emmett Till case

JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) - The federal government reopened a case which played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.

The Department of Justice says they will take a new look at the case of Emmett Till. The 14-year-old boy was brutally beaten and killed in a racially motivated hate crime.

WJTV's Gerald Harris  brings us reaction from the case.

Emmett Till was kidnapped, almost beaten to death, eyes gouged and shot in the head near Money, Mississippi.

Investigators will take another look after Carolyn Bryant Donham, who made the claim, admitted lying. It is welcome news for people who say justice is never too late.

"There's something thats has changed when we can come 60 years later and see some possibility of justice," Dr. Robert Luckett, JSU Historian.

This visitor to the Alexander Museum agrees, "Im happy that was a lot that i read in the public library in lucedale  -that unanswered questions ... i think its one of the best things that the people have done."

Another interested person at the Mitchell-Cool Museum sees it as a sign of progress, "I think its good that they're reopening to try to dig deeper into what happened and to get more information - because he was black they killed him and we'd like justice for him.

The men accused of murdering Emmett Till were acquitted and no longer alive. However, Carolyn Bryant Donham, is alive and living in North Carolina.
 


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