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Cousin recalls Emmett Till's brutal 1955 kidnapping, murder

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Emmett Till was 14 years old when he was kidnapped and lynched for whistling at a white woman in 1955. 

Till's cousin, Simeon Wright, kicked off Black History Month as a special speaker at the Laman Library Friday.

Wright sat down with Channel 7 one-on-one to give his chilling account of Till's murder.

"We had picked cotton all day," Wright started. 

Till was visiting from Chicago.

On that August day in 1995, Wright, Till and some friends went into a store in a small town in Mississippi. 

When they left, Wright remembers Till whistling at the store owner's wife.

"A black boy to whistle at a white woman in Mississippi in 1955? It scared us half to death and we couldn't get out of town fast enough," Wright said.

The group told no one.

Several days later, they thought the danger had passed.

They were wrong.

"When I opened my eyes I saw two white men standing at the foot of my bed," Wright said. The men took Till, despite pleas from the boys' family. 

"The amazing thing to me now as we look back on it, Emmett didn't say one word when he walked out of that bedroom," Wright remembered.

Roy Bryant and J.W. Miliam were tried and acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder.

They later admitted to killing him in a magazine interview but were protected by double jeopardy.