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Release Date: July 25, 2023

Media Contact: Emily Thompson, Em************@pr********.org

Coalition Celebrates Designation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument

Today, on the anniversary of Emmett Till’s birth, President Biden used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate a new national monument honoring Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley. The Monument will span three sites in Illinois & Mississippi, marking locations that are an important part of America’s civil rights history.

Mike Murray, Chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued this statement following the designation:

“We thank President Biden for using his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate this new national monument honoring the life and legacy of Emmett Till and his mother, civil rights icon Mamie Till-Mobley.

This national monument designation will protect the spaces that help tell the story of a difficult and critical piece of America’s civil rights history. We are thankful the story of Emmett Till and his mother will be conserved and remembered.

We thank President Biden and his administration for designating another new national monument, and we encourage the administration to continue to strengthen their conservation legacy – and push hard towards the goals laid out in the 30 x 30 initiative – by using the Antiquities Act to establish protections for other culturally and naturally significant spaces.”