The Justice Department said today it is reopening the nearly half-century old case of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old whose death while visiting Mississippi was a catalyst for the civil rights movement, reports the Associated Press. Till was abducted from his uncle’s home in Money, Miss., where he was visiting from Chiago, on Aug. 28, 1955. His mutilated body was found by fishermen three days later in the Tallahatchie River.
Photos of the slaying shocked the world. Two white men charged with murder were acquitted by an all-white jury. Both have died. R. Alexander Acosta, assistant attorney general for civil rights, said it is possible others were involved in the killing.