Exhibit Guides

Learning about Emmett’s story can be a challenging experience and can bring on strong emotions, especially in children. Some guidance for younger visitors may be helpful. Use these guides to help navigate the exhibit with your family or students.

Reading Lists

Learn more about Emmett’s story by reading these recommended books.

Classroom Lessons

Use these standards-based lessons to bring Emmett Till's story to your classroom.

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Emmett Till Memory Project

Downloadable app

In this guide to the legacy of Emmett Till’s murder, you can take a virtual tour of the primary sites of the Till story in Chicago, Illinois, and the Mississippi Delta area.

Dedication of historic marker as part of the Mississippi Freedom Trail
Photo credit: Kathryn Eastburn/The Commonweath/AP Photo

Installation of a bulletproof marker near the Tallahatchie River

Emmett Till Interpretive Center

Sumner, MS

Formed by the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Emmett Till tragedy and to pointing a way toward racial healing. They offer tours of their museum and the restored Second District Tallahatchie County Courthouse.

Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Institute

Summit, IL

This nonprofit organization is committed to preserving the memory and historical significance of the life and death of Emmett Louis Till, and the social action legacy of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, to foster educational opportunities and civic engagement among youth.

Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America

By Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson

Emmett’s mother’s memoir tells about young Emmett’s life, his abduction and murder, and the aftermath—including the fueling of a national movement that continues to make ripples today. This book is available at most bookstores and libraries.

Book Cover