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Willie Louis

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  • "Will always Love You."
    - Juliet Louis
  • "Willie was a great husband,friend,traveling..."
    - Juliet Louis
  • "That's a man who made a difference may God Bless all the..."
    - Patricia Lawrence
  • "Many today face injustice the elderly. different ethnic..."
  • "To the family of Mr. Willie Louis you have my deepest..."
    - Brittany

Willie Louis (Associated Press) Willie Louis in the Civil Rights Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
CHICAGO (AP) - A witness who went into hiding after testifying at the Emmett Till trial about hearing the lynching victim's screams has died in a Chicago suburb at the age of 76.

After the 1955 trial, Willie Louis fled his native Mississippi for Chicago. He changed his name and told no one of his connection to the case, not even his future wife.

Juliet Louis only learned of the link when one of her husband's aunts mentioned it to her eight years after their marriage.

She said Wednesday her husband died July 18 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.

The lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement.

Louis says her husband knew of the dangers he would face, but testified because "it weighed on his conscience."


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