Emmett Till’s Chicago home in Woodlawn granted landmark status

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Emmett Till’s former Chicago home in the Woodlawn neighborhood has been granted landmark status.

Emmett Till’s Woodlawn home could become Chicago Landmark



Till was a Chicago teen who was brutally killed by a white mob at the age of 14, while visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955. His murder sparked the Civil Rights Movement.

Chicago’s City Council approved landmark status for the Victorian-era two flat in the 6400-block of South St. Lawrence Wednesday.

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It was home to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, whom lived on the second floor. Other relatives lived on the first and garden levels.

Mamie Till-Mobley lived in the house for several more years. However, neglect took a toll on the house and it is now vacant.

Landmark status will keep the historic home from being demolished. There are plans to turn it into a museum.

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