A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized.
The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.
Till was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His body was found in a river days later. An all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men of murder charges.
Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the new marker was dedicated Saturday.
Members of Till’s family, including a cousin who was there the night Till was kidnapped, attended the ceremony at the site where the teen’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River.
This is the fourth historical marker at the site. Previous ones became a target for vandals.
The new 500-pound steel sign has a glass bulletproof front, Weems said.
Weems said the markers were placed as an attempt to acknowledge the truth of what happened there and hopefully spark “new conversations.”