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Witness to Emmett Till lynching dies in Illinois

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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 1 of his connection to the case, not even his future wife.

Juliet Louis only learned of the link when 1 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 conscious."

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