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erienewsnow.com 13 Jan, 2022 21:45 am

Senate passes bill to posthumously award Emmett Till and his mother with Congressional Gold Medal - Erie News Now

Senate passes bill to posthumously award Emmett Till and his mother with Congressional Gold Medal - Erie News Now
By Delano Massey, CNN

By Delano Massey, CNN The Senate on Tuesday passed a bipartisan bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Emmett Till, a teenager savagely killed in 1955 by White supremacists in Mississippi, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who decided to have an open-casket funeral because she "wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can give." He continued, "More than six decades after his murder, I am proud to see the Senate pass long-overdue legislation that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to both Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley in recognition of their profound contributions to our nation." The posthumous recognition comes more than a month after the Justice Department officially closed its investigation into the infamous killing of Till.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division concluded it could not prove Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman at the center of the case, lied to federal investigators more than 60 years ago." The Justice Department reopened the case nearly four years ago "upon the discovery of new information," the department said at the time and failed to elaborate further.

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