The Black Bayou Bridge, where the body of Emmett Till was possibly dropped into the water and carried three miles before it was recovered. Photos: DeSean McClinton-Holland

The Unfinished Story of Emmett Till’s Final Journey

Till was murdered 65 years ago. Sites of commemoration across the Mississippi Delta still struggle with what’s history and what’s hearsay.

Alexandra Marvar
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23 min readSep 3, 2020

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The Tallahatchie County Second District Courthouse stands like a castle in the central square of Sumner, Mississippi. With its four-story…

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Alexandra Marvar
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Freelance writer contributing to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, etc. Based in Savannah, GA.