The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reopened the murder case of Emmett Till, the Black teen whose death in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly grabbing a White woman helped ignite the Civil Rights Movement, “after receiving new information,” USA Today reports.
Further details were not provided, but Congress was made aware of an investigation during a March report by the DOJ.
“Because it is an active investigation, the department cannot provide any additional information at this time,” the DOJ said Thursday
Two White men were charged with Till’s murder but were acquitted.
Carolyn Donham accused 14-year-old Till of grabbing and whistling at her. Her then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his brother, J.W. Milam, reportedly beat Till and tossed in him in the Tallahatchie River, according to an account by Bryant published by Look magazine four months after Till’s death, per USA Today.
Last year, Timothy B. Tyson published The Blood of Emmett Till, in which he revealed that Donham admitted to lying about claims that Till had grabbed and whistled at her.
“She said with respect to the physical assault on her, or anything menacing or sexual, that that part isn’t true,” Tyson told CBS This Morning in 2017.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.