Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ Events in Mississippi and Illinois this week are commemorating the 60th anniversary of the slaying of Emmett Till.

The black 14-year-old from Chicago was visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when witnesses said he violated the Jim Crow social code by whistling at a white woman. He was kidnapped and killed Aug. 28, 1955, and his body was recovered from the Tallahatchie River three days later.

His mother chose to have an open-casket funeral in Chicago, and Jet magazine published a photo of his mutilated corpse, sparking outrage that galvanized the civil rights movement.

An all-white jury acquitted two white men charged in the slaying.

Movie screenings and church services are among the events Thursday through Sunday in Mississippi. A wreath-laying ceremony is Friday at his mother’s grave-site in Chicago.