Justice for Lynching Victim Emmett Till

Target: Scott W. Warren, Wake County Attorney

Goal: Enable serving of arrest warrant against accused accomplice in Emmett Till murder.

The brutal lynching of Emmett Till in 1955 helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. After being acquitted for this murder by an all-white jury in Jim Crow-era Mississippi, the two men accused of the lynching brazenly admitted to the crime in a magazine article. They never paid a legal price, but for their confession they got paid $4,000. Now, after seven decades, this boy could receive some measure of justice.

A key figure in the case, Carolyn Bryant Donham, is still alive and currently resides in North Carolina. Bryant was the woman working at the store Till visited before his murder. She initially claimed the 14-year-old had physically and verbally harassed her: events she would later apparently recant. Her husband and another man were accused of kidnapping Till from his home and then taking him to a barn, where he was severely beaten and tortured. His mutilated body, displayed in an open casket, showed the world the depravity of the crimes committed against him.

In addition to allegedly making false statements, Carolyn Bryant was also suspected of being present when Till was kidnapped and perhaps had foreknowledge of his lynching. A warrant for her arrest was recently discovered in a courthouse basement, seemingly confirming that authorities had enough evidence to act on these suspicions. Relatives of Till understandably want this warrant to finally be executed.

Sign the petition below to support them in their pursuit of justice long delayed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Warren,

Emmett Till’s tragic legacy has endured for generations. This boy never received justice, while his confessed killers got rich and famous off his bloodshed. You can help right at least one of these wrongs. The woman who may have played an instrumental role in this brutal lynching, Carolyn Bryant Donham, reportedly lives in Raleigh today.

An arrest warrant with her name on it awaits in Mississippi. Please show a family that has been suffering for years and a nation jaded by too much injustice that the long arm of the law can reach across time. Extradite Ms. Bryant Donham so she may finally answer the charges against her.

Ensure justice is served at last.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dave Mann


5 Comments

  1. Eliot Schickler says:

    Hopefully, the culprits are burning in the afterlife for what they did! There’s no justice if they are not! The woman who started is alive! She belongs in jail and for good measure, we need to strap her to a gurney so anyone who wants to URINATE on her can do so! For all she did, she deserves to be URINATED on!

    • Lisa Allis says:

      Actually, a relative of the culprits went high up into the governmental ranks. This whole thing run deep and is truly insidious. No justice has been brought to date. The woman involved has admitted that she lied about the whole incident and that she had no interaction with Emmitt Till whatsoever. I think these people were just psychopaths and not the only ones.

  2. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    In addition to allegedly making false statements, Carolyn Bryant was also suspected of being present when Till was kidnapped and perhaps had foreknowledge of his lynching. A warrant for her arrest was recently discovered in a courthouse basement, seemingly confirming that authorities had enough evidence to act on these suspicions. Relatives of Till understandably want this warrant to finally be executed. You have a moral and ethical obligation to EXECUTE THE WARRANT FOR ARREST OF CAROLYN BRYANT. DO IT BEFORE SHE DIES and finally get some JUSTICE for her role in this heinous crime.

  3. Lisa Allis says:

    A relative of the culprits went high up into the governmental ranks. This whole thing run deep and is truly insidious. No justice has been brought to date. The woman involved has admitted that she lied about the whole incident and that she had no interaction with Emmitt Till whatsoever. I think these people were just psychopaths and not the only ones.

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