Endangered African American Historic Sites

Church where Emmett Till's open casket drew world's attention makes list of endangered historic places

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago has severe structural issues, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The South Side church where 14-year-old Emmett Till's battered body was displayed in an open casket, lighting fire to the Civil Rights Movement, was designated one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Thursday, an annual list that brings preservation support.

 

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago has severe structural issues, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The South Side church where 14-year-old Emmett Till's battered body was displayed in an open casket, lighting fire to the Civil Rights Movement, was designated one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places on Thursday, an annual list that brings preservation support.

"Mamie Till Mobley's courage — and Roberts Temple's willingness to open its doors to anyone who wanted to bear witness to the ravages of racial hatred — changed our nation forever.

The National Trust believes that we must work together to ensure that this place, so important to our country's history, is preserved to tell its powerful story for future generations," said the Trust's Chief Preservation Officer Katherine Malone-France.

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