Emmett Till, a Black teenager from Chicago's South Side, left his mother's home to visit family in Mississippi in
1955. He was allegedly whistling at a woman white and was brutally murdered. Tuesday's announcement by a cultural
preservation organization said that the house would receive $3 million in grants to 33 organizations and sites across
the country that are significant pieces of African American history. A portion of the African American Cultural Heritage
Action Fund grant money will be used to renovate buildings such as a bank in Mississippi, founded by Booker T.
Washington, the first Black masonic Lodge in North Carolina, as well as a school in rural Oklahoma that educates
Black farm workers and laborers. The money will also be used to restore the Virginia home of Althea Gibson, a tennis
coach who helped transform Black athletes like Arthur Ashe into champions. It will also be used to rehabilitate Detroit's Blue Bird Inn