SUMNER, Miss. (WTVA) - A monumental case that catapulted the civil rights movement is being revisited.
That’s the murder of then 14-year-old Emmett Till.
His body was found after two men reportedly abducted him from a relative’s home. Now his cousin, Wheeler Parker, Jr., is speaking out.
“They just reported something that already happened, it’s not news but they just making it seem like news," Parker said. "The Justice Department is talking about it.”
Parker says after so many years he wants Till's name cleared.
“So he can be exonerated that’s my heart’s desire," the cousin said. "I’ve been talking about him for 63 years and for 63 years, for about 30, of those years it seems like he got what he deserved.”
Parker describes his cousin as someone who always enjoy joking. But in the small town of Money in the 1955, he says there wasn’t a
time for jokes around whites.
“There’s always the backdrop that he misbehaved. He’s always painted in a bad light. In 30 years they never asked me what happened.”
Till's case is being reactivated after a 2017 book came out with quotes from Carolyn Bryant , a white woman. Those quotes say she wasn't truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances.
“When I heard that she said he didn’t do anything worthy of death and heard she said she didn’t tell the truth I was pleased and satisfied,” commented Till's cousin.
“He didn’t die in vain," Parker said. "I want the world to see the things that came about because his life. He still speaks even from the grave now.”