CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- The family of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago youth killed by Mississippi racists in 1955, is divided over exhumation and an autopsy on his body.
Bertha Thomas, a relative and president of the Emmett Till Foundation, said the family opposes exhumation. But Simeon Wright, Till's cousin, said a planned exhumation should be done.
Till is buried next to his mother at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson said relatives learned of FBI plans to exhume Till through the media not from the Justice Department.
"Fifty years after a brutal act of terror is poor excuse for justice," Jackson told WMAQ-TV. He called Till's body an FBI "trophy."
Till's kidnap-murder in rural Money, Miss., galvanized the U.S. civil rights movement after his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, opened his casket to show the world his savagely mutilated body.
An autopsy was never performed on the body recovered from the Tallahatchie River. Two white men acquitted by an all-white jury later confessed to killing Till.
The FBI reopened the case last year after a 2003 documentary raised new evidence that people involving in the slaying may still be living.