With support and grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and Burklyn Arts, we hosted the Emmett Till Traveling Exhibit. We invited local schools to come and view the exhibit, while our seventh grade students functioned as docents and guided the visitors through the exhibit, answering questions and explaining the panels. We also hosted an evening event for community members to come and discuss the importance of the Emmett Till murder, and how we can continue to improve our society.
Composed of newspaper headlines, articles, personal correspondences, family photographs, oral histories and other primary source materials, the Emmett Till Traveling Exhibit takes visitors back to the Mississippi of 1955 during the trial. The panels are arranged thematically and allow visitors to examine the facts and suggestions which surrounded the case.
The Emmett Till Traveling Exhibit was developed by the Delta State University Archives & Museum, and funded through the Mississippi Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.