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Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation

Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation

Mose Wright in Civil Rights Movement: Desegregation

Mose Wright (c.1890 - 1973) was a Mississippi sharecropper and the great uncle of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy brutally murdered in the summer of 1955.

Emmett Till was staying in Mose Wright's home on a plantation near Money, Mississippi when two white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, kidnapped the young boy for allegedly whistling at Bryant's wife. The two men threatened Wright at gun point, warning the old man to keep his mouth shut or, "you'll never live to be sixty-five." Wright would later testify against Bryant and Milam in his great nephew's murder trial.

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