His body was discovered three days later, and was shipped back to Chicago, Illinois, his home town. There his Mother, Mamie Carthan held a public funeral, and the body was displayed in a glass top casket. Mamie wanted everyone to know what they had done to her boy. Hundreds filed past the casket and more saw the photos in Jet Magazine. Emmett's murder became a powerful example of the hatred, and crime exhibited towards Black Americas during the Civil Rights movement. Rev. Jesse Jackson said, after finding out about the crime and with members of Till's family at the cemetery, "She said (Rosa Parks), 'I thought about Emmett Till and I couldn't go back."
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Sheriff Tom Dart said the displacement of bodies "was not done in a very delicate way," and that remains were dumped haphazardly, littered with shards of coffins. For graves stacked on top of each other, Dart said it appears they "pounded the other one down and put someone on top."
The suspects in this gruesome crime were, Carolyn Towns, Keith Nicks, Terrence Nicks, and Maurice Dailey. They all have been charged with felonies, of dismembering a human body. By the way, they were all African Americans.
"I once asked Mrs. Parks, 'Why didn't you move to the back of the bus?'" the Rev. Jesse Jackson said last week, standing with members of Till's family at the cemetery. "She said, 'I thought about Emmett Till and I couldn't go back.'"
Tills cousin, Wheeler Parker, who was a witness to Till kidnapping back in 1955, stated to the press after learning about the crimes committed in Burr Oak: "To me, it's just as bad as it was the night they took Emmett, Emmett's thing sounded like a nightmare and a dream, and this is the same thing."
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