Who is Emmett Till?

The document charges the woman whose accusations led to the Black teenager’s murder with his kidnapping. The warrant was never served — and she is still alive.

A team of researchers including relatives of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was abducted and murdered in Mississippi in 1955,

Has discovered an unserved arrest warrant for the white woman whose accusations led to his gruesome death.

The document was found last week in the basement of a courthouse in Greenwood, Miss.

It does not constitute major new evidence in the case, which horrified but galvanized Black Americans at the time and helped lead to the civil rights movement.

But those still working on Emmett’s behalf said that the discovery added to their understanding of the legal drama surrounding his death, and that they hoped it would provide a new investigation.

The woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, was never charged in the case.

She is now in her 80s and was living in North Carolina as recently as May, according to public records. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Donham was married to Roy Bryant at the time of the killing.

Mr. Bryant and his half brother J. W. Milam murdered Emmett days after the teenager was said to have whistled at Ms. Donham during an encounter at the couple’s store.

The two white men were acquitted by an all-white jury but later confessed to the killing. They have since died.


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