Emmett Till’s Chicago Home Granted Preliminary Landmark Status

Emmett Till’s home on Chicago’s South Side is one step closer to becoming a historic landmark. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted yesterday to grant preliminary landmark status to the home where Till lived before a trip down South ending with his brutal lynching in 1955. The 14-year-old was lynched in Mississippi after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. His murder propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The proposal must still be approved by a city council committee and the full council.