River Site

On August 31, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till’s body was found 2.3 miles to the southeast of the marker. A fisherman discovered the body in the Tallahatchie River, where it had been dumped, presumably as a warning to the black community. A cotton gin fan had been tied around Till’s neck with barbed wire. Till’s uncle, Moses Wright, identified the swollen and mutilated body only because he recognized a ring Emmett work on his finger. The FBI later confirmed the identity through DNA testing. To reach the marker, drive north from Glendora on Swan Lake Road. In about 2 miles, turn right onto Sharkey Road, and then cross the bridge over the Tallahatchie River. The marker is at the intersection of Sharkey Road and River Road.