Willie Louis


CHICAGO (AP) - A witness who went into hiding after testifying at the Emmett Till trial about hearing the lynching victim's screams has died in a Chicago suburb at the age of 76.

After the 1955 trial, Willie Louis fled his native Mississippi for Chicago. He changed his name and told no one of his connection to the case, not even his future wife.

Juliet Louis only learned of the link when one of her husband's aunts mentioned it to her eight years after their marriage.

She said Wednesday her husband died July 18 at a hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.

The lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement.

Louis says her husband knew of the dangers he would face, but testified because "it weighed on his conscience."

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Still Love You, You are not forgotten, Your Wife Forever.

Love You always, Just one life time was not enough, Your Wife
Juliet Louis

My heart goes out to you for standing up and coming forth and telling the court what happen 60 some years ago.that what you call a lot of guts.And you will always be remember for that.And see you on the other side.

Eddie Whitley December 27,2016.

Love Always.Thank You for the 40+ Years,and thank God for You.

I still Love You Baby and always will, I miss You as much today as I missed You, the first night You left me sitting by Your bed, July 18th 2013, You will never be forgotten, You will for ever live in my heart. Love Always your wife.

Will always Love You.

Willie and Juliet Louis on our wedding day in 1976.

Willie was a great husband,friend,traveling companion,dad,granddad,great granddad. We are thankful to God for allowing you to be part of our lives.We are going to miss you, but it was time for you to go home.The blow was hard,the shock severe; we never dreamed your death was so near.But only those who love can really know the pain of parting.What it meant losing you , no one will ever know. To hear your voice, to see your smile; To sit and talk with you a while; To be together in the same old...

That's a man who made a difference may God Bless all the Family.