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According to CBS News, a casket that helped trigger the civil rights movement and decades later was discarded like trash is now heading to the Smithsonian Institution.

On the very spot where in 1955 the brutalized remains of 14-year-old Emmett Till were put on display in Chicago, his family on Friday announced plans to give the casket to the Washington D.C. museum complex.

“Part of the responsibility of a national museum is to help people to remember, and through this donation we will ensure that future generations will remember how the death of a child, a mother’s courage, helped to transform America,” said Lonnie Bunch, the director of the Smithsonian’s planned National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

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