Please join us for David Tell's talk, "Emmett Till, Three M**der Sites, and the Spatial Politics of Remembrance," sponsored by ASU's Department of English, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
The precise location of Emmett Till’s M**der has never been a simple matter. Before the trial, the defense lawyers predicted a legal victory based simply on the prosecution’s inability to determine the M**der site. In the last twelve years (2005-present), anxieties over the location of Till’s death have multiplied tenfold. Following forty-nine years and eleven months without a single dollar invested in Till commemoration in the state of Mississippi, the last twelve years have seen upwards of $5 million invested in Till commemoration—invested, more precisely, in partisan attempts claim a particular patch of land as the site where Till was killed. This talk considers three such attempts. Each proposed site has received extensive grant funding and each has much to teach us about how race, place, and commemoration work together.
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