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Emmett Till's murder investigation reopened by Justice Department

There is new information about a murder case that shocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. Source: WLBT There is new information about a murder case that shocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement. Source: WLBT
In 1954, the teenager was beaten and thrown into a river after being accused of whistling at and touching a white woman inside a Money, Mississippi store. Source: WLBT In 1954, the teenager was beaten and thrown into a river after being accused of whistling at and touching a white woman inside a Money, Mississippi store. Source: WLBT
The 14-year-old from Chicago was killed in August of 1955 in Money, Mississippi after store owner Carolyn Bryant Donham accuse Till of whistling at and touching her. Source: WLBT The 14-year-old from Chicago was killed in August of 1955 in Money, Mississippi after store owner Carolyn Bryant Donham accuse Till of whistling at and touching her. Source: WLBT
Her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milan were found not guilty by an all-white jury. Source: WLBT Her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milan were found not guilty by an all-white jury. Source: WLBT
Till family members believe Bryant Donham's confession led to the reopening of the investigation. Source: WLBT Till family members believe Bryant Donham's confession led to the reopening of the investigation. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is new information about a murder case that shocked the nation and galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.

The investigation into the killing of Emmett Till has been re-opened. 

 In 1955, the teenager was beaten and thrown into a river after being accused of whistling at and touching a white woman inside a Money, Mississippi store.

The Associated Press is reporting that the US Justice Department is re-opening the case.

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"Although justice is delayed. We're happy that justice wasn't denied," said Emmett Till's cousin Dr. Edelia Carthan.

The Tougaloo College professor was anticipating, along with other family members, the news that the Justice Department would be reopening the Till death investigation.

According to the Associated Press, federal officials reported to Congress in March that the agency is reopening the probe.

The 14-year-old from Chicago was killed in August of 1955 in Money, Mississippi after store owner Carolyn Bryant Donham accused Till of whistling at and touching her.

"We deserve justice. Emmett Till deserves justice," said Carthan. "He was a 14-year-old, innocent child and we knew that it happened because the kids that were with Emmett, they told the story and they stuck to their story."

In the 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till, Bryant Donham reportedly admitted to author Timothy B.Tyson that she was not telling the truth.

Her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milan were found not guilty by an all-white jury.

Till family members believe Bryant Donham's confession led to the reopening of the investigation.

She is still alive, living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"I just hope Miss Carolyn has the courage to come forward and tell the truth so that the Till and Carthan families can receive justice," added Carthan.

Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson said he is happy they are reopening the case and hopes it ultimately leads to a satisfactory resolution to the murder of Emmett Till.

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