Emmett Till....They dragged him from his great-uncle’s house and secreted him away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him through the head and disposed of his body in the Tallahatchie River...His grossly disfigured body was discovered in the river three days later....Till’s mother insisted on having a public funeral with an open casket so the world could see how her son had been brutalized.
Smithsonian's African American History Museum Acquires Emmett Till Casket
Emmett Till's family has donated his original casket, found rusting in a shack at an Illinois cemetery, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in The anniversary of his murder is Friday.
1955 in Mississippi, Emmitt Till's mother had an open casket funeral so that everyone could see the savage thing that had been done. Jet magazine printed pictures, pictures burned into the brain of probably every grown black American of the time.