"Darling, you have not died in vain. Your life has been sacrificed for something."
The most prominent location at Burr Oak, immediately inside the
southeast entrance, is occupied by the crypt of
"Open it up. Let the people see what they did to my boy."
After her son's murder, Mrs. Till became a crusader for civil rights and a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. She founded the Emmett Till Foundation and the Emmett Till Players, a youth theater group. In her last years, she also fought against the death penalty in Illinois, seing it as "legal lynching".
Mrs. Till-Mobley co-wrote the book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, published posthumously in 2003.
(As my visit to Burr Oak was only a few months after Mrs. Till-Mobley's death, her name was not yet on the mausoleum. Since then, a bronze plaque listing her name and accomplishments has been installed).