Just nine months after a vandal destroyed a historical marker at the site of where 14-year-old Emmet Till was kidnapped and killed in 1955, someone vandalized it again.
The sign had large parts of its text and photos scraped off by Monday morning.
The sign in Money recounted Till’s life, though the vandals appear to have wanted to destroy a reminder of the town’s painful past.
“This time, it’s more sinister because it’s carefully thought out. It’s not a defacing, but an erasing,” the the Emmett Till Memory Project’s Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
Houck referred to the defacement of another sign in October, when the marker where Till’s body was found was riddled with bullets.
More than $25,000 was later raised to replace that sign.
Allan Hammons, whose company made the Bryant’s Grocery sign, said that the marker cost more than $8,000 to make, and that repairs for the damaged words will be at least $500.
They need to go ahead and put this sign under 24/7 surveillance.