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    By Tracy L. Scott, BET.com Staff Writer

    Posted March 22, 2005 â Mississippi will honor four martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement who died violent deaths as the victims of hate crimes.

    Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was beaten to death in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a White woman, and the three civil rights advocates who traveled to Mississippi to urge Blacks to vote in 1964 and were later found dead, will be remembered and honored by having highways in the state named for them.

    âœThis is history in the way of Mississippi trying to change her image. This is healthy for the state, and the state has got to start looking at it that way,❠Sen. David Jordan (D-Miss.) told The Associated Press.

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill Monday that names a part of U.S. 49 East the âœEmmett Till Memorial Highway,❠according to The Associated Press. Mississippi's highway 19, which is believed to be the place where James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered, will be named âœChaney, Goodman and Schwerner Memorial Highway.â

    The investigation into the murder of Till, who was beaten beyond recognition and dumped into the Tallahatchie River, was reopened in 2004. Till's mother, who died in 2003 at the age of 81, insisted on an open-casket funeral for her son. She wanted the world to see the brutality of the crime, and 50,000 people turned out for the funeral in Chicago.

    Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who took credit for the murder and were both tried and acquitted, have since died. Several others are believed to have been involved.

    Also in 2004, Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was indicted for the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. The investigation into their murders was depicted in the film âœMississippi Burning.â

    Killen was only one of several Klansmen suspected in the slaying. Sheriff Larry Myers said Killen would not be the only person arrested for the murders. The investigation is ongoing. âœWe went ahead and got him because he was high-profile and we knew where he was,❠Myers told The Associated Press. Killen's trial is scheduled for this spring.



    It's about time!


    what good does naming the highways after them do? i see that it helps to put their names out there so that they are known and not forgotten. but the state of mississipi owes so much more to black people than the renaming of the highway. how about some scholarships set up in their names? some justice for all those who murdered sncc/freedom riders/those trying to register floks to vote????


    It's about time! 774694...



    i heard about emmit till these 2 guys killed him b/c he tried to holla at a white girl so they tied him up and put him in a river. This is sad he was only 14. :Angry_boese008:

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