Watercolor painting of Emmet Till rendered in blues, greens, and browns.

Emmet Till

This piece was created on Procreate and released to Instagram for its initial publication.

“This is Emmet Till, beaten lynched at 14 years old after being falsely accused of offending a white woman named Carol Bryant in her family’s store. In 2008, Bryant admitted she lied about the encounter. Till was beaten, mutilated, and drown by Bryant’s brother and husband. Till’s body was found in the river three days later. The Bryant family was found not guilty. Today, memorials to Till are routinely vandalized by racists. I honor this life of Emmet Till, taken from us too soon. Say his name.  His life mattered.”

More information about Till can be found here.

The vandalization of Till’s memorial can be read about here.

Handwritten, cursive signature says "pea flower tea" in lowercase letters. The flower is a small sketch of a bloom, instead of the word for "flower".

About the author

Pea is an artist focused on building an art therapy platform through transformative art and positive erotica to help victims of sexual violence reclaim their power. She lives on a small island and hides from loud noises.