On this day, Aug. 28, in 1955, black teenager Emmett Till was killed in Mississippi after someone said he whistled at a white woman.
The slaying of the 14-year-old helped galvanize the emerging civil rights movement.
Till, who was from Chicago and was visiting family, was kidnapped, beaten, shot in the head, had a large metal fan tied to his neck with barbed wire, and was thrown into the Tallahatchie River.
Roy Bryant, the white woman's husband, and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were charged in Till's death shortly after the killing but were acquitted by an all-white jury.
Nearly 100,000 people viewed Till's open casket in Chicago. Till's mother allowed her son's beaten face to be photographed because she wanted the whole world to see the atrocity. The image shocked the country, and fueled the civil rights movement.