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Some writers have suggested that almost every story about Mississippi returns to Till, or the Delta region in which he died, in "some spiritual, homing way." An Emmett Till Memorial Commission was established in the early 21st century.
The Sumner County Courthouse was restored and includes the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.
Till posthumously became an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.
Till was born and raised in Chicago and in August 1955, was visiting relatives near Money, in the Mississippi Delta region.
Milam died in 1980 at the age of 61, and Bryant died in 1994 at the age of 63.
The Delta region encompasses the large, multi-county area of northwestern Mississippi in the watershed of the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers.
Till's original casket was then donated to the Smithsonian Institution and it is displayed in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
After Milam and Bryant were acquitted, they initially remained in Mississippi, but were boycotted, threatened, attacked and humiliated by local residents.
In December 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott began in Alabama and lasted more than a year, gaining a US Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional.
According to historians, events surrounding Emmett Till's life and death continue to resonate.
Till's body was returned to Chicago where his mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket. racism and the barbarism of lynching but also on the limitations and vulnerabilities of American democracy". Although initially local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice, they responded to national criticism by defending Mississippians, temporarily giving support to the killers.