Emmett Till and his mother honored with congressional medal

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By FARNOUSH AMIRI
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has unanimously passed a bill posthumously awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager murdered by white supremacists in the 1950s, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

The bill is meant to honor Till and his mother with the highest civilian honor that Congress awards.

The medal will be given to the National Museum of African American History where it will be displayed near the casket Till was buried in.

Till was abducted, tortured and killed in 1955 after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman at a grocery store in rural Mississippi, a violation of the South’s racist societal codes at the time.

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12/21/2022 3:48:30 PM (GMT -6:00)

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