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Emmett Till Interpretive Center Statement on the Death of Carolyn Bryant Donham

For Immediate Release:

April 27, 2023


In response to the death of Carolyn Bryant Donham, Patrick Weems, the Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, released the following statement:


“Mamie Till-Mobley, through her grief, wanted to “let the world see” what happened to her 14-year-old son Emmett Till. The woman whose lies in 1955 put the torture of Emmett in motion died today. She continued to uphold these lies and to protect the murderers until her death. While the world saw the horrors of racism, and the real consequences of hatred, what the world will never see is remorse or responsibility for Emmett’s death.


The Emmett Till Interpretive Center notes the death of Carolyn Bryant Donham. We will continue working to educate people around the world about what Emmett Till’s life and Mrs. Mobley’s work meant to racial healing and freedom. Since we will never see justice through the criminal justice system, we will continue working toward restorative justice for the memory of Emmett Till and for the people of the Mississippi Delta.”




The Emmett Till Interpretive Center was formed to confront the brutal truth of the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta and to seek justice for the Till family and Delta community. The Center aims to tell the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, as an act of restorative justice to create the conditions necessary to begin the process of racial healing in Mississippi and across the nation. For more information about the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, visit or follow us on Facebook (, twitter @emmetillcenter, or Instagram @tillnationalpark.

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