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The Emmett Till Memory Project is a website and smartphone app commemorating his life; fifty-one sites in the Mississippi Delta are associated with Till.

Emmett Till was born in 1941 in Chicago; he was the son of Mamie Carthan (1921–2003) and Louis Till (1922–1945).

Emmett's mother Mamie was born in the small Delta town of Webb, Mississippi.

When Carthan was two years old, her family moved to Argo, Illinois, as part of the Great Migration of rural black families out of the South to the North to escape violence, lack of opportunity and unequal treatment under the law.

Argo received so many Southern migrants that it was named "Little Mississippi"; Carthan's mother's home was often used by other recent migrants as a way station while they were trying to find jobs and housing.

The defense team in the 1955 trial had questioned whether the body was that of Till.

In 2004, Till's body was exhumed and positively identified.

Although what happened at the store is a matter of dispute, Till was accused of flirting with or whistling at Bryant.

According to Till's cousin Simeon Wright, who was with Till that day, Till whistled at Bryant.

Mamie Carthan was born in Tallahatchie County, where the average income per white household in 1949 was 0 (,960 in 2016 dollars).

For black families, the figure was 2 (,660 in 2016 dollars).

Blacks had essentially been disenfranchised and excluded from voting and the political system since 1890, when the white-dominated legislature passed a new constitution that raised barriers to voter registration.

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