"...We the citizens of Tallahatchie County recognize that the Emmett Till case was a terrible miscarriage of justice. We state candidly and with deep regret the failure to effectively pursue justice. We wish to say to the family of Emmett Till that we are profoundly sorry for what was done in this community to your loved one...We need to understand the system that encouraged these events and others like them to occur so that we can ensure that it never happens again."
In 2007, the Emmett Till Memorial Commission of Tallahatchie County (ETMC), a multiracial community organization gathered at the Sumner Courthouse where the trial of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant was held. The group brought together the family of Emmett Till and four-hundred guests for a public ceremony to begin the healing process. Since that time the ETMC has worked to restore the courthouse to 1955 and open the Emmett Till Interpretive Center with a focus on arts & storytelling, youth and telling the truth.
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