Investigators found Emmett Till's original casket rusting in a shack at the cemetery where four workers are accused of digging up bodies to resell plots.
And now Till's family hopes to have the casket moved to a civil rights museum so it can be properly preserved.
Simeon Wright is a cousin of Till, who was 14 when he was killed in 1955 after reportedly whistling at a white woman during a visit to Mississippi.
Wright said he's disgusted by what's happened at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, where his cousin was buried.
Nearly 100,000 people visited Till's glass-topped casket during a four-day public viewing in Chicago. Images of his battered body helped spark the civil rights movement.
Till was later exhumed during an investigation of his death and reburied in a new casket.