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‘Justice for Emmett Till’ demonstration underway in Bowling Green


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – A demonstration began Saturday as groups called for ‘Justice for Emmett Till’, the 14-year-old boy abducted, tortured, and lynched in Mississippi in the 1950s.

A woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, accused Till of whistling at her. More than 60 years later, Donham’s last location was tracked to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Demonstrations were planned at the Warren County Justice Center, on Center Street in Downtown Bowling Green, and near Donham’s home on Shive Lane.

Security blocked access to the apartment complex where Donham is believed to be living. Security on scene tells WBKO News that only law enforcement and those living in the complex can access the property.

The group started small but increased in size as the afternoon progressed. They rallied near the apartment complex, marched across Scottsville Road, and gathered in the Kroger grocery store parking lot. After a few speeches, the group marched back toward Shive Lane, where Till’s cousin Priscilla Sterling spoke to the crowd.

Last Saturday morning, the group began by gathering in a business parking lot near Shive Lane, where officers instructed them where to gather and hold the demonstrations.

One person was detained during the setup. Our crew on the scene reports the arrest was for an outstanding warrant.

“I see they have the whole police force out here to protect Carolyn Bryant,” one of the leaders said on a loudspeaker shortly after the arrest. “They got a whole army out here, damn it!”

“We don’t want her here,” said a woman on the microphone from Bowling Green. “We want her to be held accountable for what she did.”