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MH-00-19-0017-19

Emmett Till Memorial Commission of Tallahatchie County
Fiscal Year: 
2019
Award: 
$242,462.00
City: 
Sumner
State: 
MS
Recipient Type: 
Museum
Program: 
Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission will produce a smartphone app to guide visitors through virtual or on-site tours of ten sites related to the 1955 murder of Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta. At each site, the Emmett Till Memory Project will provide historical and contemporary photographs, historically-accurate narration, digital access to archival documents, social media check-ins, historical documentary footage, and GPS directions. A team of students and advisors will build on an earlier prototype for the app by refining content and graphics. The project team will facilitate focus group testing and review by the Till family before its final release. This project will help discourage ongoing vandalism of these historical sites and provide users with the resources they need to critically engage with this key moment in civil rights history.