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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
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Unsung hero in Emmett Till case dies in Chicago area hospital

CHICAGO, July 24 (UPI) -- A witness to the Mississippi killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 died at a suburban Chicago hospital of intestinal bleeding.
Mountain Dew drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

Mountain Dew drops Lil Wayne over Emmett Till lyric

PURCHASE, N.Y., May 3 (UPI) -- Soft drink brand Mountain Dew said Friday it cut ties with U.S. hip-hop artist Lil Wayne because one of his lyrics defiled civil rights icon Emmett Till.
Emmett Till's family: Lil Wayne 'falls short' of apology

Emmett Till's family: Lil Wayne 'falls short' of apology

ROBBINS, Ill., May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Lil Wayne's attempt to mend fences with civil rights icon Emmett Till's family over an offensive lyric "falls short," a family representative said.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.
By United Press International

New Smithsonian site to house Till casket

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The director of the Smithsonian Institution's new African-American museum says his site will house the casket of slain civil rights figure Emmett Till.
Till casket could be sent to Miss. museum

Till casket could be sent to Miss. museum

PHILADELPHIA, Miss., July 16 (UPI) -- A casket that once held slain civil rights figure Emmett Till should be relocated to a civil rights museum in Philadelphia, Miss., a California lawmaker.

Emmett Till casket moved from Burr Oak

CHICAGO, July 14 (UPI) -- The casket of slain civil rights icon Emmett Till has been moved from Burr Oak Cemetery to a police building in Chicago for safe keeping, authorities said.

Violated cemetery now a crime scene

ALSIP, Ill., July 11 (UPI) -- The entire Chicago-area cemetery where employees allegedly violated graves has been declared a crime scene, police said Saturday.
Emmett Till's family seeking casket

Emmett Till's family seeking casket

ALSIP, Ill., July 10 (UPI) -- The family of Emmett Till says it wants to relocate a casket that once held the late civil rights icon's body from a cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

Police: Cemetery workers emptied graves

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The manager of a historic black cemetery in Chicago and three gravediggers were charged Thursday with dismembering human bodies.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007.
By United Press International

Feds prosecute 1960s KKK slayings

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said a federal jury in southern Mississippi has found a former Ku Klux Klan member guilty in the 1964 slayings of two black men.

School program plans prompt firings

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles charter school has fired two teachers who supported a Black History Month program honoring slain teenager Emmett Till.
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Emmett Till
NOP2000070804 - 8 JULY 2000 - KOKOMO, MISSISSIPPI, USA: Mamie Mobley, 78, whose 14-year-old son Emmett Till was killed in Mississippi in 1955, supposedly for whistling at a white woman, speaks July 8, to demonstrators in Kokomo, Miss. At left is Marie Johnson, who believes her 17-year-old son, Raynard, was lynched June 16, because he had been dating a white girl. Behind Mobley is the Rev. Jesse Jackson, demonstration organizer. mc/aj/A.J. Sisco UPI

Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African American boy from Chicago, Illinois, who was murdered at the age of 14 in Money, Mississippi, a small town in the state's Delta region, after reportedly whistling at a white woman. The murder of Emmett Till was noted as one of the leading events that motivated the American Civil Rights Movement. The main suspects were acquitted, but later admitted to the murder.

Till's mother insisted on a public funeral service, with an open casket so as to show the world the brutality of the killing: Till had been beaten and an eye gouged out, before he was shot through the head and thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied to his body with barbed wire. His body was in the river for three days before it was discovered and retrieved by two fishermen.

Till was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. The murder case was officially reopened in May 2004,; as part of the investigation, the body was exhumed in order to perform an autopsy. The body was reburied in a new casket, which is standard practice in cases of body exhumation, by the family in the same location later that week. In July 2009, while his gravesite appeared undisturbed, his original casket, in which his battered body was famously displayed, was found rusting in a run-down shack on the cemetery grounds.

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