THE DEATH OF EMMETT TILL PART I AND II

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Bryants grocery store Money Ms in the 1950's

 

BY THE RAMPARTS

(written by A.C. Bilbrew)

On August 20, 1955 Emmett Till and his cousin Wheeler Parker left Chicago's south side and boarded a train for a Journey to Mississippi to visit Emmett's Uncle Mose Wright. His cousin Curtis Jones would also make the trip but by car. A visit to Bryants Store in the town of Money Ms one day for some bubblegum and candy and an innocent childish comment would cost young Emmett Till his life. His sad tale is told in this song By "The Ramparts". Though not credited on the label the singer doing the vocal on this folk song from 1956 is actually the late great character actor "Scatman Crothers".

Though other songs were written and recorded later such as The Bob Dylan song "Death of Emmett Till" with the word "The" omitted from the title and the words changed the original song written by AC Bilbrew and recorded by "The Ramparts" (Scatman Crothers) was written, recorded and released way back in 1956 shortly after the event took place. Radio stations that played it were very bold indeed for the times with all the racial discrimination and prejudice still prevelant in America in the 1950's. The song did not become very popular because most radio stations in the nation simply did not have the "guts" to play it. This terrible event however, along with Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on the bus were early events that went a long way in advancing the civil rights movement in America.

This page contains both sides of this rare 78 RPM recording from 1956.

 

The "smiling brothers walkin' down the courthouse stairs"

Left to right: Roy Bryant, Carolyn Bryant, Juanita Milam, J. W. Milam (UPI).

 

 

 Bryants Store 2005

 

 

 Bob Hennessey

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