The Katrina Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast will host an open house Thursday, July 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. to introduce the photographic exhibit on the life, death and impact of Emmett Till. The exhibit will be on display through Aug. 27.
Till, a Chicago teen visiting family in Mississippi, was kidnapped and murdered in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman outside of a country store. Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, will present a talk during the open house titled "Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement."
The program was financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Delta State University Archives and Museum. A commemorative issue printed by the Southern Quarterly in honor of the young boy’s legacy will be available for purchase at the Katrina Research Center while the exhibit is on display.
For more information, contact the Katrina Research Center at 228.214.3423 or e-mail