Despite the significance of Till’s murder and subsequent open-casket funeral in Chicago, many key sites are at risk of disappearing. Since 2018, our lawyers have been working with the Emmett Till Interpretive Center (ETIC) and its partners, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Parks Conservation Association, and members of the Till family, to advocate for federal recognition and permanent preservation of these historic sites in the National Parks System. Biden’s announcement marks a major milestone in Latham’s work.
In particular, we have advised ETIC throughout its National Parks campaign, and have helped ETIC and its partners to coordinate with the US Department of the Interior to commemorate and protect these historic places. We also helped ETIC and its partners to work with US Senator Tammy Duckworth to introduce bipartisan legislation designating Roberts Temple a National Historic Site, and assisted with efforts to transfer the courthouse where Till’s murderers were tried to a nonprofit historic preservation organization to ensure its permanent protection as a museum and a major civil rights landmark.
The newly announced monument will feature three sites in two states, and will ensure that future generations continue to learn from this important chapter of civil rights history.