Emmett Till Interpretive Center addresses traumas of racist violence to foster healing in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi and beyond, by engaging the public in memorializing Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old Black teenager who was brutally kidnapped and murdered in 1955. Patrick Weems, one of its cofounders and director, works with a multiracial collective through community-based programs to restore the courthouse and install new historic markers.
The Center grew out of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, formed to address the lack of justice in the historic case of Till’s murder. This commission consisted of a multiracial group of citizens and delivered a formal apology to Till’s family in a ceremony at the Sumner Courthouse in 2007.
Currently, Weems and team are in the process of envisioning and proposing a multisite Emmett Till National Park that stretches from the Mississippi Delta to Till’s hometown of Chicago.