Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Landmark Sought for Civil Rights Church

Civil Rights leaders in Chicago are pushing the city to give landmark status to the church where the family of 14-year-old Emmitt Till held his funeral a half century ago in September 1955.

Till was a Chicago teen-ager who was brutally beaten and lynched while on a visit to relatives in Mississippi. His mother's decision to hold an open casket funeral to show the world what had happened to her son galvanized the African-American population as thousands paid their respects in person and thousands more saw the pictures in Jet magazine.

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