Till's Casket Moved from Illinois Grave Site

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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