A destroyed monument to the civil rights martyr Emmett Till in Mississippi has been removed and is to be replaced by a new bulletproof sign.
The marker near the spot where the murdered 14-year-old Till was found in 1955. It was in the middle of a disturbing photograph of three white students from the University of Mississippi posing in front of the signs with weapons.
One of these students published the photo in March on their private Instagram account, the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. All three students were suspended by their brotherhood "Ole Miss".
The photo showed the purple bullet-studded progress markers, though it's not clear who was responsible for the damage. The week a story was to be published in the photo, it was decided that Remove 50-pound shield that should be replaced with a 500-pound reinforced steel replacement.
Commission executive director Patrick Weems NBC News said on Friday that the monument was previously destroyed by vandals, and he is certain that others will try to ruin the new one, which will be the fourth on the site.
"Manufacturers said that this is a bullet-proof sign and we will test that theory."
"This is an ongoing saga," he said.
Vandalen's repeated attempts to destroy the memorial stem from the difficulty of Susan Glisson, co-founder and partner of Sustainable Equity, discussing the history of the brutal with the Commission on how to recall Till Murder of Till.
"For some people it's easier to pick up this story than for others to deal with the truth," Glisson said.
Till, a teenager from Chicago, visited a family in the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 1955 when a gang of white men abducted, tortured, and murdered him.
His mother had done it The coffin of her son opened at his funeral to show the violence done to her son. A pure white, all-male jury released two white men accused of murder.
The news of the murder, the shocking images of his brutalized body and the acquittal of the suspects became a driving force for the civil rights movement.
Till would have turned 78 on Thursday.
The new monument is due to be erected at a ceremony on October 19, and some of Till's relatives are expected.
Associated Press contributed.