The marker remembers black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped before being lynched in 1955.
His tragic death marked a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement after his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, held an open casket funeral to show what these vicious monsters had done to her child. The Associated Press reports that according to Allan Hammons, whose public relations firm constructed the marker, someone scratched it with a blunt tool in May and now the vinyl panels have been peeled off the back.
Vandals defaced a historical sign on the Mississippi Freedom Trail explaining the death of civil-rights icon Emmett Till over the weekend, officials said. A New York University graduate student, who was making a film about Till had taken a photo of the marker and posted it on social media, after which it had gone viral, Washington Post reported.
Till lived in Chicago and was in MS for the summer visiting relatives when he was killed. That's where 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, a White shopkeeper, accused Till of whistling at her while at the store in August 1955.
Hammons said it is unknown if the vandalism was racially motivated or just a random crime.
Bryant recently admitted that she made up evidence during the trial and the attackers, her husband Roy Bryant and his brother J.W. Milam, later admitted to the killing.
Another sign, marking the spot where Till's body was pulled from a nearby river, was pockmarked with gunfire in 2016.
In October, a separate memorial erected near where Till's remains were discovered was found ridden with bullet holes.