Milam died in 1980 at the age of 61, and Bryant died in 1994 at the age of 63.Bryant expressed no remorse for his crime and stated: "Emmett Till is dead.Although initially local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice, they responded to national criticism by defending Mississippians, temporarily giving support to the killers.In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury of Till's kidnapping and murder.
Several nights after the store incident, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. Milam went armed to Till's great-uncle's house and abducted the boy.
The Emmett Till Memory Project is a website and smartphone app commemorating his life; fifty-one sites in the Mississippi Delta are associated with Till.
Emmett Till was born in 1941 in Chicago; he was the son of Mamie Carthan (1921–2003) and Louis Till (1922–1945).
Emmett's mother Mamie was born in the small Delta town of Webb, Mississippi.
The Delta region encompasses the large, multi-county area of northwestern Mississippi in the watershed of the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers.