Share the Story of the Spark That Ignited the Civil Rights Movement

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago is a key part of telling the full story of Emmett Till’s murder, his open-casket funeral, and the subsequent “trial of the century,” a catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. This site should be protected as a National Historic Site in the National Park System.

Preserving and interpreting Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ provides an opportunity for visitors to engage with our shared past and interrogate our present. Creating a National Historic Site promotes the cause of restorative justice and honors Emmett's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who dedicated herself to ensuring her son did not die in vain.

We at the National Trust for Historic Preservation—together with our partners at the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, Till Family, Roberts Family, the Emmett and Mamie Till Institute, the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, National Parks Conservation Association, and Latham and Watkins LLP—believe it is necessary to preserve, protect, and interpret the locations associated with the death of Emmett Till and the activism of his mother, Mamie Till Mobley.

Sign your name to support the creation of a National Historic Site honoring Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley.

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