ALSIP, Ill. – Relatives and civil rights activists gathered at the gravesite of Emmett Till to remember the black Chicago teenager 60 years after he was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.
The crowd surrounded the grave in Burr Oak Cemetery, south of Chicago, to listen to speeches and songs, and comfort one another with hugs. A large wreath of white flowers encircled a black and white portrait of Till's smiling face.
Friday's wreath-laying ceremony followed a procession from the church where the 14-year-old's funeral took place.
Addressing the crowd, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush recalled his own mother explaining to him as an 8-year-old the "horrors" of Till's death. He said that memory still inspires him.