Simeon Wright


Age: 74

eyewitness to the 1955 abduction of his older cousin Emmett Till who spent that summer visiting relatives in Mississippi when the 14-year-old Chicago boy was kidnapped, tortured, and killed after whistling at a white woman working at a store in the rural hamlet of Money, Mississippi whose death galvanized the civil rights movement when his mother Mamie Till Mobley insisted on an open-casket funeral in Chicago to show the world her son's mutilated body.

Cause of Death: Bone cancer

Born: October 15, 1942

Died: September 4, 2017

Chicago, Illinois