By The Associated Press
MONEY – The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is providing $152,000 to restore a 1950s gas station in Money as part of the story of Emmett Till – a black 14-year-old from Chicago who was lynched in 1955 for whistling at a white woman.
Ben Roy’s Service Station is next to the site of the woman’s grocery store. Her husband and his half-brother killed and mutilated Till. An all-white jury acquitted them of murder, but they confessed to Look Magazine in 1956.
Architect Dale Riser said the owners would like to get the gas station restored, then move out of the former grocery so it can be restored.
The department also approved $210,000 to restore the courtroom in Sumner where the murder trial was held.