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Emmett Till's murderers found Not Guilty....

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September 24, 1955

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, September 24, 1955

* Emmett Louis 'Bobo' Till's murderers declared innocent
* Not guilty verdict

The front page has under the heading, "Two Acquitted Of Boy's Murder," the historic decision of "Not Guilty" reached in regards to the kidnappers, and accused murderers, of Emmitt Till. The article says in part: An all white jury, composed mainly of Delta cotton farmers, aquitted two white storekeepers of the murder of a 14-year-old Chicago Negro boy yesterday...". The report later continues: "'The verdict is as shameful as it is shocking,' said the [NAACP] in a statement from it New York headquarters.

Background Note: Wikipedia states: During summer vacation in August 1955, he was visiting relatives near Money, in the Mississippi Delta region. He spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Although what happened at the store is a matter of dispute, Till was accused of flirting with or whistling at Bryant. According to Till's cousin Simeon Wright, who was with Till that day, Till whistled at Bryant. Wright said regarding the whistle, "I think [Emmett] wanted to get a laugh out of us or something."In 1955, Carolyn Bryant had testified Till made physical and verbal advances. The jury did not hear Bryant's testimony, due to the judge ruling it inadmissible. Decades later, Bryant disclosed that she had fabricated part of the testimony regarding her interaction with Till, specifically the portion where she accused Till of grabbing her waist and uttering obscenities, "that part's not true," Bryant stated in a 2008 interview with historian Timothy Tyson. Till's interaction with Bryant, perhaps unwittingly, violated the strictures of conduct for an African-American male interacting with a white woman in the Jim Crow-era South. Several nights after the store incident, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam went armed to Till's great-uncle's house and abducted the boy. They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

Other news of the day is found throughout. Eight pages, minor spine wear, otherwise in very good condition.

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