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Johnny Thomas, mayor of tiny Glendora, Miss., runs a small civil rights museum dedicated to the Emmett Till story. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Landmarks fall, memories fade. Civil rights tourism may protect Mississippi history

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A show at Red's, a juke joint in Clarksdale, Miss., where it's advertised that you can see live blues seven nights a week. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Mississippi is home of the blues and key to civil rights past. Locals tell the story

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This image provided by A2H Engineers, Architects, Planners on Aug. 18, 2022, shows digital rendering of the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in Marks, Miss. AP hide caption

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Laura Sifuentes lives in Rosedale, Miss. The government's Child Tax Credit, a monthly payment for many American parents with kids, helped her financially when she had to give up her job to care of her kids, nieces and nephews during the pandemic. Stephan Bisaha/Gulf States Newsroom/Stephan Bisaha/Gulf States Newsroom hide caption

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Why many Americans continue to struggle despite trillions of dollars in pandemic aid

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Aerial view of one of the burst dikes on the Mississippi River, April 1927. ullstein bild Dtl./ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Delta Health Center, in rural northwest Mississippi, was founded in the 1960s and is one of the country's first community health centers. Delta's leaders say community health centers all over the U.S. are trusted institutions which can help distribute COVID-19 vaccines. Shalina Chatlani/Gulf States Newsroom hide caption

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A bullet-riddled sign that once marked where Emmett Till's body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River is now housed at the Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Miss. The historic marker was taken down after three white fraternity brothers from the University of Mississippi were pictured holding guns next to the sign. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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'Why Don't Y'all Let That Die?' Telling The Emmett Till Story In Mississippi

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Memphis: Downtown buildings are seen in the distance as the swollen Mississippi River spreads out in the foreground. (Tuesday, May 10, 2011.) Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Steve Inskeep speaks with Debbie Elliott

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