1. Pearson talks about how Sheriff Strider nearly mishandled the trial. 10/06/06.

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  2. Pearson was never asked about the what happened at the trial until her children's generation grew up and the 50th anniversary stirred up interest. 10/06/06.

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  3. The trial brought a lot of people to Sumner, causing traffic jams and making the people who lived there feel like their town had been taken from them. 10/06/06.

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  4. Pearson admits that the story was sensational and that the media covered it well. The media coverage did make the people of Sumner feel paranoid though. 10/06/06.

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  5. At the Emmett Till trial, the black reporters were totally segregated, and the courtroom was full of people Pearson didn't recognize. Black attendees had to stand at the back. Pearson says that the most memorable part of the trial was Mose Wright's testimony and talks about the controversy over his exact words. She also describes the "open house" she and her husband held for the reporters after recessing every afternoon. 10/06/06.

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Sumner Courthouse

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On September 23, 1955, two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, were acquitted at the Sumner Courthouse of murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. Till's mother Mamie Till and uncle Moses Wright courageously testified in the 5-day trial, which drew international…


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On September 23, 1955, two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, were acquitted at the Sumner Courthouse of murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. Till's mother Mamie Till and uncle Moses Wright courageously testified in the 5-day trial, which drew international attention. The most dramatic moment came when Moses Wright was asked who abducted Emmett, and he stood and pointed at the defendants saying, "Dar he." A jury of 12 white men found the two 'not guilty' after deliberating for only 66 minutes. Bryant and Milam later confessed to the murder.

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