Another sign marking a scene from Emmett Till's murder has been vandalized

The sign makes up part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which displays markers at civil rights sites in the state, Reuters reported.

Vandals defaced a historical sign on the Mississippi Freedom Trail explaining the death of civil-rights icon Emmett Till over the weekend, officials said.

Twitter users denounced the vandals and tried to blame Trump, although some of the vandalism occurred before Trump took office. "Vandals have been around since the beginning of time".

More than six decades later, the vandalism of the grocery store sign is not unique; a number of civil rights markers have been vandalized in MS in recent years, reports The Clarion Ledger. Vinyl panels containing photos and words about Till had been peeled off the back of the metal marker.

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The slaying galvanized the civil rights movement when Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, had an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show how her 14-year-old son had been brutalized while he was visiting the Mississippi Delta. Bryant's husband and another man allegedly abducted the 14-year-old, beat and mutilated him, tied him to a 75-pound cotton gin fan and threw him in the Tallahatchie River.

Two white men were arrested for the brutal crime, but acquitted by an all-white jury later that year.

The bullet-riddled marker commemorating the site where Till's body was removed from the river was discovered by a graduate student from New York University making a film about Till's life.

In January, Bryant, who remarried to become Carolyn Bryant Donham, told Vanity Fair that she had fabricated her testimony against Till. Specifically, she told Tyson, "the part about Till grabbing her and being sexually crude to her 'was not true, ' " The Washington Post has reported. He further confirmed that the marker cost over $8,000 to create and that repairs will cost around $500 or more. "It's not a defacing, but an erasing", the Emmett Till Memory Project's Davis Houck told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger of the latest incident.

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