Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman whose accusation led to Emmett Till’s lynching in 1955, has died, according to Megan LeBoeuf, the top investigator with the Calcasieu Parish coroner’s office.
Donham, 88, died on April 25 in Westlake, Louisiana, according to a coroner’s office fact of death letter obtained by CNN.
Carolyn Bryant Donham was a woman who was involved in the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy, in 1955.
Donham, who was then known as Carolyn Bryant, accused Till of making advances towards her at a grocery store in Money, Mississippi, which led to Till being brutally beaten and killed by her husband and his accomplice.
In 2017, Donham was at the center of controversy when she admitted in an interview that she had lied about Till’s behavior towards her, which played a key role in the murder.
This confession was made public in Timothy Tyson’s book “The Blood of Emmett Till.” Donham’s role in the murder and her subsequent recantation of her testimony have been seen as emblematic of the pervasive racism and injustice that existed in the Jim Crow era South.