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Emmett Till’s Family Calls for Arrest of White Woman Linked to Teen’s Tragic Death After Finding Unserved 1955 Warrant

This undated photo shows Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black Chicago boy, whose body was found in the Tallahatchie River near the Delta community of Money, Miss., on Aug. 31, 1955. (AP)

The family of Emmett Till is calling for the woman linked to the Black teen’s kidnapping in 1955 to be arrested after a team searching for new evidence into the infamous lynching found an unserved warrant for her that was never executed almost 70 years ago.

Leflore County Circuit Clerk Elmus Stockstill told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the search group, which included two of Till’s relatives and members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, discovered a warrant for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham — identified as “Mrs. Roy Bryant” on the document — in a file folder in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse last week.

Donham, who is White, had accused the 14-year-old Till of making improper advances at a family store in Money, Miss., in August 1955 — an accusation that started the chain of events that led to Till’s lynching. Donham was married to Roy Bryant, one of the two White men who were acquitted weeks after Till was abducted from a relative’s home, lynched and tossed into a river.

While the documents are sorted by decades, it’s unclear where the warrant, dated Aug. 29, 1955, was located for all these years. Stockstill told the Associated Press that he certified the warrant to be real after it was found June 21.

“They narrowed it down between the ’50s and ’60s, and got lucky,” Stockstill said.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, Timothy Bella and DeNeen L. Brown

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