EMMETT TILL MEMORIAL COMMISSION OF TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY INC

Racial reconciliation begins by telling the truth.

aka Emmett Till Interpretive Center   |   Sumner, MS   |  https://www.emmett-till.org

Mission

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate the public on the lives and legacies of Mamie and Emmett Till and to pursue racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. The Center was the vision of the late Jerome G. Little, the first African American President of the Tallahatchie County, MS Board of Supervisors. In 2006, Little organized the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, a multiracial group of 18 local citizens, which offered the first official apology to the family of Emmett Till for his murder. Today, the Center works to preserve and interpret the legacy of the Till tragedy in Mississippi and Chicago and uses the arts and storytelling to help process past pain and imagine new ways of moving forward.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Patrick Weems

Main address

P.O. Box 215

Sumner, MS 38957 USA

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EIN

27-2895136

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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For fifty-plus years, Tallahatchie County tried to ignore the memory of Emmett Till with the hope that the incident would fade. Instead of fading, the memory and importance of Emmett Till grew. In 2006, Supervisor Jerome Little organized the Emmett Till Memorial Commission. The ETMC, made up of a multiracial group of citizens, realized that in order to properly remember and honor Emmett Till, they needed to first break the silence and take responsibility for their role in the injustice. In 2007, the ETMC offered a formal apology to the Till Family in a public ceremony in front of the Sumner Courthouse. The ETMC knew that the apology would be meaningless without action. Over eight years, the organization worked across racial lines to restore the Sumner Courthouse back to the its condition during the 1955 trial of Emmett Till’s murderers and to create an Emmett Till museum to live out the first line of the apology, which reads, "Racial reconciliation begins by telling the truth."

Our programs

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Historic Preservation

We have worked with the county to raise over $4 million to restore the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Sumner to its condition during the 1955 condition of Emmett Till's murderers.

Population(s) Served

We are working with Dr. Dave Tell at the University of Kansas to develop an app that provides a virtual tour of the sites associated with the murder of Emmett Till.

Population(s) Served

We are currently developing a curriculum targeting middle school students to help educators teach about the tragedy of Emmett Till in the classroom.

Population(s) Served

The Emmett Till Interpretive Center is a museum located across the street from the restored Tallahatchie County Courthouse. We provide tours of the courthouse and museum exhibits. Please see our website for museum hours.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Financials

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EMMETT TILL MEMORIAL COMMISSION OF TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2020
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Board co-chair

Mr. Frank Mitchener


Board co-chair

Pastor Willie Williams

Organizational demographics

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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