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The Woman Who Claims Emmett Till Whistled At Her Admits It Was A Lie

By January 27th, 2021No Comments
The Woman Who Claims Emmett Till Whistled At Her Admits It Was A Lie
Pictured Left: Emmett Till, Right, Carolyn Bryant and her two sons. Photos courtesy of Getty Images
Written by Mike Orie of

The woman responsible for Emmett Till being killed after accusing him of whistling at her has admitted it was all a lie. 62 years later.

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In September 1955, Emmett Till was accused of whistling at a white woman, who we know as Carolyn Bryant. Till, 14, while visiting family in Mississippi, entered a store to purchase two cents of bubble gum. It was here, after exiting the store that he was accused of whistling at then 21-year old Bryant. Two men, J.W. Bryant and half-brother Roy Bryant (husband of Carolyn Bryant) decided to take matters into their own hand, kidnapping Till three days later and brutally murdering him. The two admitted to the crime but were later acquitted.

But here’s where things get interesting. It turns out that wife Carolyn Bryant admits that she fabricated most of the story.

Read the excerpt below from Vanity Fair that highlights this new book in which Bryant details the fabricated story:

In a new book, The Blood of Emmett Till (Simon &; Schuster), Timothy Tyson, a Duke University senior research scholar, reveals that Carolyn—in 2007, at age 72—confessed that she had fabricated the most sensational part of her testimony. “That part’s not true,” she told Tyson, about her claim that Till had made verbal and physical advances on her. As for the rest of what happened that evening in the country store, she said she couldn’t remember. (Carolyn is now 82, and her current whereabouts have been kept secret by her family.)

Over 60 years later, what repercussions should Carolyn Bryant face?
The Woman Who Claims Emmett Till Whistled At Her Admits It Was A Lie
Mike “Orie” Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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