1. Jackson talks about why he didn’t want to look closely at Emmett Till’s bodily condition as he prepared Till’s body for his funeral. 08/10/06.

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  2. Woodrow Jackson talks about preparing Emmett Till’s body for his funeral services. He talks about how his responsibilities, working as an embalmer for a funeral home, of dressed Emmett Till’s body and releasing the body to the wants of Till’s mother. 08/10/06.

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On August 31, 1955, Woodrow Jackson prepared Emmett Till's body at the Tutwiler Funeral Home to return to Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in Chicago. Emmett's uncle, Crosby Smith, had to sign a document promising not to open the casket. Once the body…


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On August 31, 1955, Woodrow Jackson prepared Emmett Till's body at the Tutwiler Funeral Home to return to Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in Chicago. Emmett's uncle, Crosby Smith, had to sign a document promising not to open the casket. Once the body reached Chicago, Mamie Till-Mobley defied that order, promising to show the world what was done to her son. The public outcry over the condition of Emmett's mutilated body is considered to be one of the main sparks that ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

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