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Question:
Who own’s the old Bryant Grocery store in Money Missippi.
It later became Young’s, but is now closed?

Answer:
I don’t know who owns it, but I was just there last week to see it for the first time. It had a sign about 8 or 9 yrs ago, but not anymore. The bldg is really derelict, just a shell, with vines growing over the front and the roof totally gone. The door and windows are boarded up with No Trespassing signs. I agree, this should be preserved, but I don’t think that’s on anyone’s priority list in Money.

Question:
Does anyone know the name of the owner – be it a bank or private owner? I am a History Professor willing to fight for this landmark.

Answer:
i dont think its a place ppl want 2 celebrate. black or white. ppl prob want 2 forget its there and pretrnd it never happened, just like all the horrible race realtions in america.
look up his before and after picture.
you kno u can get records from the county office for the property.

Answer:
the bank



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Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market, Money MS

This is the profile of Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market in Money, MS. In this store, Emmett Till whistled at the store owner’s wife, Carolyn Bryant.

Two nights later, Emmett was taken from his relatives’ home (where he was visiting – Emmett was from Chicago), murdered, and his body was thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a gin fan around his neck.

When his body was found, his mother had the body displayed at his funeral with an open casket so that people could see the atrocity of what had happened.

No historic marker exists on the property. The building is on the 2005 list of most endangered historic places by the Mississippi Heritage Trust. I think it would be great to somehow repurpose the building (it’s just a few miles outside Greenwood) into a place that people could relect about the evil of intolerance.


Black.Doll:
So sad to see this in this state…better to sweep this bit of history under the rug it seems to say.

lalunablanca :
Out from under the rug is where it came from. It’s quite a statement about the State of Mississippi that this is in this condition and unmarked. A silent declaration that many people in the area still feel the same way. Racial hatred and bigotry are not something of the “past”.

Deep Fried Kudzu:
I read an article about making this building into a museum sometime soon, so I hope that happens.

Black.Doll:
they better hurry, looks like it’s all but fallen apart.

jsbuys:
Can anyone tell me what the atmosphere of the town is like? Do the people mind people coming and photographing this building? I would love to see it in person.

Deep Fried Kudzu:
Fewer than 100 people live in Money today. You’d be lucky to run into anyone. Go see it.

jsbuys:
Thanks.




Emmit Till and his mother.



Royal Byrant(left) and J.W.Milam with their wives after the two men were acquitted
in the murder of 14 year old Emmet Till,
Sept.23, 1955,

Bryant, Roy (1931-1994) was one of the accused killers of Emmett Till. He was born a twin in Charleston, Tallahatchie County, Mississippi to Henry and Eula Lee Morgan Milam Bryant. He attended the Baptist church in Charleston as a child, and for a time lived in Tutwiler, Tallahatchie County. He later spent three years in the military as a paratrooper (1950-53). He married Carolyn Holloway on April 25, 1951, and the couple had three sons and a daughter. After the murder trial, due to black boycotting of his store, he was forced to close the business. Around this time he and J. W. Milam sold their story confessing to the murder of Emmett Till, to reporter William Bradford Huie for $3,500, and it was published in Look magazine in January 1956. In 1956 he went to the Bell Machine Shop in Inverness, Mississippi, and learned welding with the help of the G. I. Bill. He worked as a welder and boilermaker for 16 years in East Texas and Louisiana. He and his family then moved to Ruleville, Sunflower County, Mississippi, in 1973, and Bryant lived there until his death. Legally blind as a result of his years as a welder, he came to own another general store in Ruleville, which he ran until it burned down in 1989. As his store in Money three decades earlier, the Ruleville establishment catered mainly to a black clientele. He and Carolyn divorced in 1979 and he married Vera Joe Orman in 1980. In 1983, while running his grocery store, he was indicted for buying food stamps for less than their value and then selling them at full price to the government. He plead guilty to two counts of food stamp fraud, but due to the pleas of his attorney, he was sentenced to only three years probation and a $750.00 fine. Four years later, however, he was again charged with food stamp fraud and was sentenced to two years in prison. However, he was released after only eight months. The Till case was not discussed in the court in either conviction, and both times, he received the minimum sentence because his attorney argued for leniency. Bryant had been “a good citizen,” the attorney argued Toward the end of his life he spent most of his time at home, but sold watermelon and other fruit at a stand along the road in Ruleville in the summertime. Plagued with health problems, he nearly lost his feet due to diabetes and eventually died of cancer at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Lot 229
STERNFELD Joel, *1944 (USA)
Title : The former Bryant’s grocery, money, Mississippi
Date : 1994

Estimate : 6 000 USD – 8 000 USD
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