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Mock Trial THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL.  You have been selected as a juror for Emmett Till’s murder case.  You and your group will be presented with evidence.

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1 Mock Trial THE MURDER OF EMMETT TILL

2  You have been selected as a juror for Emmett Till’s murder case.  You and your group will be presented with evidence.  You will be asked to make an informed decision on the case and ultimately decide who was responsible for his death.  Remember you must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is guilty of murder to convict them of the crime.  You will also reflect on the case and its impact on the civil rights movement. YOUR ROLE TODAY

3  Around the room you will find 4 pieces of evidence that are critical to the case.  On your post it note: Please view each piece of evidence and list them from 1 to 4 in order of importance for the murder case. 4 CORNERS (EVIDENCE)

4 WHY DID EMMETT’S MOTHER WANT TO HAVE AN OPEN CASKET?

5  May 17, 1954 in Brown vs. Board of Education the United States Supreme Court rules that segregation in public schools in unconstitutional.  August 17, 1955 Emmett Till and his cousin Wheeler Parker arrives in Mississippi to visit his Uncle Mose Wright.  August 24, 1955 (Wednesday) Emmett Till enters the Bryant Grocery and Meat Market at about 7:30 P.M.. Emmett Till allegedly said something to upset the woman working in the store- Caroyln Bryant.  August 26, (Late Evening) Roy Bryant returns home after working at the grocery store and his wife tell him about the event with Emmett Till.  August 28, (Early Sunday Morning, approximately 2:00 A.M.) Mose Wright claims that Emmett Till is abducted.  August 28, (Early Sunday Morning, approximately 8:00 A.M.) Mose Wright calls Sheriff George Smith and informs him that Emmett Till has been abducted.  August 28, (Approximately 9:00 A.M.) a formal investigation into the alleged abduction of Emmett Till begins.  August 28, (12:00 noon) Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam are arrested and charged with kidnapping Emmett Till.  August 31, 1955 (Wednesday) Emmett Till’s body is found by Robert Hodges at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River tied to a large cotton gin fan (approximately 70 pounds).  September 1, 1955 Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam are charged with the murder of Emmett Till. They are held without bond.  September 19, 1955 (Monday): Trial begins with jury selection. More than 70 reporters and 30 photographers attend the trial. It is called the most important murder trial of the 1950’s. TIMELINE OF KNOWN EVENTS

6 PLEASE REVIEW THE TIMELINE AND ANSWER THE ATTACHED QUESTIONS.

7  Please review the biography cards, these are all important people from the trial.  Look for evidence that can be used in the trial.  Each juror in your group is responsible for filling out one biography worksheet.  Discuss each person with your group and share evidence… IMPORTANT PEOPLE

8  On the “Evidence Log” you will list any evidence you think would help convict Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in the murder of Emmett Till.  Please make your recommendation for sentencing, discuss this with your group. EVIDENCE LOG

9  After 68 minutes of discussion the jury came back with a “Not Guilty” verdict for first degree murder.  The jury even gave the 2 men a not guilty verdict for kidnapping.  This is easily one of the most grotesque injustices in American history.  What does this decision say about America in the South during the 1950s? THE VERDICT

10  Quick write (3 to 5 sentences): Compare and contrast the death of Emmett Till to the death of Travon Martin. How are these 2 cases alike and different? What does this say about our progress in civil rights? D.O.L.


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