RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Some Wake County activists want Carolyn Bryant-Donham arrested. She is the woman who accused 14-year-old Emmett Till of referencing and groping her in Mississippi in 1955. Till was killed days later.
Bryant-Donham now resides in Raleigh, and now activists are calling on Wake County officials to work with Mississippi officials to achieve justice.
At one point, Tim Tyson, a senior research scientist at Duke University, interviewed Bryant-Donham about the allegation she made.
In his book The Blood of Emmett Till, he claimed that Bryant-Donham confessed to lying in court. Since the statute of limitations on perjury had expired by the time she allegedly admitted it, nothing came of it. Bryant-Donham’s family has since denied that she made the admission.
In late June, the torch of that story was reignited when an unfulfilled warrant against Bryant-Donham’s arrest was found in a basement of a Mississippi courtroom. The warrant concerned allegations of kidnapping in the case, but as the warrant was never served, she was never arrested.
“Today in Wake County, [we hope] She’ll be arrested, that’s our goal for today,” said John Barnett, who chaired a news conference on Friday.
Two men, one of them Bryant-Donham’s then-husband, were tried for Tills’ murder but acquitted. Now that that unfulfilled warrant has been found, activists say it’s time for the next arrest.
“Mississippi, we’re asking you, execute the warrant, execute the warrant so they can come to Raleigh, or Raleigh will bring them back to Mississippi,” Barnett said.
But some say Bryant-Donham, now in her 80s, shouldn’t be arrested with a warrant that old. However, Barnett says justice should come no matter the age.
“If anyone asks you if this lady is 87 years old, tell them he was 14 years old,” he said at the news conference.
He says when it comes to Till, who will forever be 14, justice is overdue.
“Be it 50 years, be it 70 years, be it 100 years, I believe innocent blood is crying from the grave for America to do something about it,” Barnett said.
Till’s family was out on Friday, so they couldn’t do an interview, but they released a statement saying, in part, “Justice delayed should not be justice denied.” They also say the rally was not linked to her family.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/activists-call-on-arrest-of-emmett-till-accuser-in-raleigh/ Campaigners are calling for the arrest of Emmett Till’s accuser in Raleigh