Women's History Month Moment:
Mamie Till Mobley meets the train delivering Emmett Till's body from Mississippi after he was murdered by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant in 1955.
It cost $3300 to have Emmett Till's body shipped home to Chicago but Mamie Till couldn't go to Mississippi because she was warned that she would be killed and her home bombed along with the City of Chicago's Mayor Daley's home. In fact, Chicagoans were outraged that the "I Love Lucy Show" was interrupted on television by the news report of Emmett's murder. Police officers were posted at the home because of the numerous threats the family received.
Mamie Till stated, "When the box arrived at the train station it was half the size of the freight car. It was the casket and then three boxes, each one inside the other, around it. All four of them had the Mississippi state seal and a padlock on them. That was the only way they’d let them take the body—was to sign a promise not to break those seals.”
She broke each chain and every seal to verify that the body contained within the boxes was indeed that of her son...who was brutally beaten, her only child... Emmett Louis Till.
Her Pain United A Nation!
(Pictured from left to right are the late Bishop Isaiah Roberts, Pastor of Robert's Temple C.O.G.I.C. where Emmett Till's funeral was held, Gennie Mobley, Jr., Emmett Till's stepdad, and Bishop Louis Henry Ford, the 4th Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ)