Seed Barn, Site of Emmett Till’s Torture and Murder

By: Davis Houck

According to the so-called “confession” penned by journalist William Bradford Huie in the January 24, 1956 edition of LOOK Magazine, Emmett Till was beaten in a shed behind J.W. Milam’s house in Glendora, taken to a steep bank on River Road, shot in the head and dumped into the Tallahatchie River and weighted down by a 75-pound blast wheel from a cotton gin. Continue reading

Henry Clarence Strider Gravesite

By: Davis Houck

When Emmett Till’s body was pulled from the muddy Tallahatchie River on Wednesday, August 31, it proved terribly important that he was supposedly found on the Tallahatchie County side of the river, and not the Leflore County side. As such, Sheriff Henry Clarence (H.C.) Strider would be in charge of the murder investigation. Continue reading

Bryant Grocery and Meat Market

By: Davis Houck

On Wednesday evening, August 24, Emmett Till, along with several cousins and friends, drove from the East Money Church of God in Christ, where they’d dropped off Moses and Elizabeth Wright for services, 3 miles west to Money. Continue reading

Amzie Moore Residence

By: Davis Houck

A stalwart in the drive to bring northern students—white and black—to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s, World War II veteran Amzie Moore is less well known for the vital role he played in the Emmett Till case. As the murder trial got underway in Sumner during the week of September 19, word got back to Mound Bayou surgeon, Dr. T. R. M. Howard, among others, that several black plantation workers had either seen Emmett Till on the back of a pick-up truck near Drew and/or they had heard screams coming from a seed barn on Sunday morning, August 28. Continue reading