14 year old Emmett Till walked into Roy & Carolyn Bryant’s store that would forever change his life. The stories of their encounter varies.
4 days later, Till was kidnapped from his relatives home, tortured and murdered.
Emmett Till and cousin Curtis Jones skipped church where their Great-Uncle Mose Wright was preaching, joining some local boys as they went to Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market to buy candy. The teenagers were children of sharecroppers and had been picking cotton all day. The market was owned by a white couple, 24-year-old Roy Bryant and his 21-year-old wife Carolyn, and mostly catered to the local sharecropper population.
Carolyn was alone in the store that day; her sister-in-law was in the rear of the store watching children. Jones left Till with the other boys while Jones played checkers across the street. According to Jones, the other boys reported that Till had a photograph of an integrated class at the school he attended in Chicago, and Till bragged to the boys that the white children in the picture were his friends. He pointed to a white girl in the picture, or referred to a picture of a white girl that had come with his new wallet, and said she was his girlfriend.
One or more of the local boys dared Till to speak to Bryant. The facts of what took place in the store are still disputed but according to several versions, including allegations from some of the kids standing outside the store when Till walked in, Till may have wolf-whistled at Bryant.
A newspaper account following his disappearance stated that Till sometimes whistled to alleviate his stuttering. His speech was sometimes unclear; his mother said he had particular difficulty with pronouncing “b” sounds, and may have whistled to overcome problems asking for bubble gum.
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