Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Emmett Till was just a child when he was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by white supremacists in the Jim Crow South in 1955. They tried to cover it up. Emmett’s mother, Mamie, insisted that the world know what they did to her son. She bravely shared her 14-year-old son’s story with all who would listen—and fueled a movement that changed the nation.

Much progress has been made since 1955; however, Mamie Till-Mobley’s work is far from over. In order to continue her work in pursuit of justice, healing, and reconciliation, we must continue to tell this true story.

Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See is a touring exhibit created in collaboration with the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Institute, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, the Till family, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It tells the story of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, challenging visitors to make a ripple for justice in their own communities.

3D tour of the exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 2022

Explore the exhibit

Whether you can visit the exhibit in-person or virtually, the true story of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley must continue to be told. Take a virtual tour of the exhibit, including in-depth videos and interviews, as we amplify the Till family's story.

The exhibit tells five key stories:

  • Emmett’s personal story
  • How the brave actions of Emmett's mom, Mamie Till-Mobley, fueled the Civil Rights Movement
  • How a community and family have worked to keep Emmett’s memory alive
  • How the vandalized historical marker connects to us today
  • How we can commit to social justice in our own communities

Tour schedule

  • Sept. 17–Oct. 30, 2022 | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Nov. 19, 2022–Jan. 8, 2023 | Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)
  • Jan. 28–March 12, 2023 | Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Washington, DC)
  • April 1–May 14, 2023 | Two Mississippi Museums (Jackson, MS)
  • June 3–July 16, 2023 | DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago, IL)
  • Aug. 5–Sept. 17, 2023 | Atlanta History Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • Oct. 7–Nov. 19, 2023 | National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)