Past Event

Murder by Persons Well-Known: Jim Crow, Racial Etiquette, and the Lynching of Emmett Till

What factors caused the brutal murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955? What role did this tragic incident play in the emerging Civil Rights Movement? Through a slide-lecture presentation, Professor Larry Balsamo, Chair, WIU History Department, will explore this oft-mentioned and heartbreaking story.

Reception to Follow

For more information, please contact Professor Martin Dupuis at 309.298.2228 or email him at