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Then in 2004, Louis told CBS’ “60 Minutes” about his experience. Willie Louis was a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. He was raised in a family of black sharecroppers and worked in the cotton fields. Though he was 18 years old, Louis was only in the 9th grade during the Emmett Till murder.

Willie Reed died in Oak Lawn, Illinois on July 18, 2013. He was 76 years old and one of the few living witnesses from the Emmett Till trial.

(Photo: Willie Louis stands on the right, AP)

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