Views are curious about Emmett Till Killer after announcing a new play, “Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till,” revolving around his murder mystery.
Emmett Till was an African American boy tortured, abducted, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955.
Dramatizing the case in collaboration with theatre at the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, Trial in the Delta: The Murder of Emmett Till’s play revolves around a live production. The play will be running from February 9-19 onwards.
Trial in the Delta Show Drama is a live, interactive reenactment experience of the actual court proceedings in Sumner, Mississippi.
The 14 years, old victim became an icon of the civil rights movement, and his killers were acquitted, drawing attention to ancient cases where African Americans were violently persecuted in the U.S.
After President Joe Biden signed The Emmett Till Antilynching Act Law passed on March 29, 2022, making lynching a federal hate crime, the case gained notoriety.
Who Are Emmett Till Killers Roy Bryant And J.W. Milam?
The killers, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, kidnapped and brutally murdered Emmett, dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River.
In September 1955, an all-white jury found killers Bryant and Milam not guilty of Emmett Till’s murder.
In 2004, The FBI reopened the Till case and exhumed the boy’s body a year later, but it decided not to press charges last year.
Sadly, Mississippi grand jury ruled, but due to insufficient evidence to indict her and closed the book on the case.
Why Was Emmett Till Killed?
The victim, Emmett, was accused of offending a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, in her family’s grocery store resulted in the brutality of his murder.
The killers, Bryant and Milam, confessed to beating him and throwing him off an embankment into the river to frighten him in an interview with William Bradford Huie.
The deep south’s racial inequality and brutality came to public notice after Emmett Till’s murder in August 1955.
In the Drama, performers taking on the roles of witnesses for the prosecution and defense, including Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till and uncle Moses Wright, give raw and incisive testimony.
Trial in the Delta allows modern viewers to witness the blatant and long-standing racial injustice of our legal system and the well-publicized trials of Black men.
The victims’ body was returned to Chicago, where Emmett’s mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket held at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ.
Following the incident, Emmett was established in the early 21st century. The Sumner County Courthouse was restored and included the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.
Explore Emmett Till Injury Autopsy
Emmett Till’s brutally murdered was investigated by federal investigators for the final autopsy on the boy’s exhumed body.
His autopsy found that the victim died of a headshot wound and had broken wrist bones and skull and leg fractures.
Since authorities pulled his body from the Tallahatchie River in the summer of 1955.
The reports showed the crown of his head was crushed out, and a piece of his skull fell out. Also, a timeline is constructed from witness statements.