In handwritten notes on his initial sketches of Reed, courtroom artist Franklin McMahon described the youthful witness as wide-eyed, lanky, and eighteen years old. As a native Mississippian, Reed was privy to the strict rules of the Jim Crow South, those that Till had failed to learn. Knowing those rules, Reed, who didn’t know Till, exhibited a great deal of courage in testifying against Bryant and Milam. Undoubtedly, he knew that remaining in Mississippi was not an option. After the trial, Reed relocated to Chicago—Emmett Till’s hometown.
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In handwritten notes on his initial sketches of Reed, courtroom artist Franklin McMahon described the youthful witness as wide-eyed, lanky, and eighteen years old. As a native Mississippian, Reed was privy to the strict rules of the Jim Crow South, those that Till had failed to learn. Knowing those rules, Reed, who didn’t know Till, exhibited a great deal of courage in testifying against Bryant and Milam. Undoubtedly, he knew that remaining in Mississippi was not an option. After the trial, Reed relocated to Chicago—Emmett Till’s hometown.

Chicago History Museum | Blog » Blog Archive » Emmett Till’s Surprise Witness

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