Emmett Till relatives gather at boy's grave 60 years later

Published 08/28 2015 09:17PM

Updated 08/28 2015 09:19PM

(AP) Relatives and civil rights activists gathered at the gravesite of Emmett Till to remember the black Chicago teenager 60 years after he was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi.

The crowd surrounded the grave Friday in Burr Oak Cemetery, near Chicago, listening to speeches and songs. They laid a wreath of white flowers around a black-and-white portrait of Till’s smiling face.

The 14-year-old was visiting relatives when he whistled at the woman. He was later kidnapped.

His body was found in a river, a bullet hole in his head and barbed wire around his neck.

The brutality sparked outrage that galvanized the civil rights movement.

Congressman Bobby Rush said he was 8 when his mother explained the “horrors” of Till’s death, saying the memory still inspires him.

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