Volunteers plant 36 trees in garden in honor of Emmett Till’s mother, as they work to turn childhood home into a museum – CBS Chicago



CHICAGO (CBS) – A collaborative effort this weekend combined the sustainability, beautification and history of the South Side of Chicago.

On Sunday, volunteers planted 36 trees along St. Lawrence Avenue in the community of West Woodlawn. They stepped out to celebrate the Mamie Till-Mobley Garden of Forgiveness at 64th Street, in honor of Emmett Till’s mother.

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At the event on Sunday, everyone joined in fun activities including a song and pony rides.

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Emmett Till’s childhood home is located at 6427 S. St Lawrence Ave. Black in green bought the Till house and garden to make it into a museum.

The installation will tell the story of the great migration of millions of blacks from the rural south to the cities of the north, seen through the eyes of the Till-Mobley family.

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Emmett Till was a black teenager from Chicago who was beaten and lynched in Mississippi in 1955. The murder of the Chicago teenager sparked outrage after his mother insisted that a coffin be opened.



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