Last month marked the 65th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till. As this recent article attests, there is a growing movement to grant historic landmark status to Emmett Till’s childhood home in Woodlawn (“Will Emmett Till’s Chicago home finally get landmark status?” Aug. 19). This initiative is of great importance because it would finally allow the home, which has fallen into disrepair, to be restored, preserved, and to prevent any changes to the exterior.
Emmett’s home is a lasting physical symbol of his life and legacy. His home should become a place of pilgrimage and reflection because Emmett Till’s martyrdom must never be forgotten.
Emmett was prominently brought back into the public eye this summer by John Lewis’ last words: “Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years