Carolyn Bryant was running the cash register at Bryant's Grocery and Meat Market - in Money, Mississippi - when Emmett Till visited the store to buy candy. She was 21-years-old at the time, and the mother of two young sons.
When her husband, Roy Bryant, found out that Emmett Till had whistled at his wife - a few days earlier, when Roy was out of town - he was furious. He and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, thereafter abducted Till from his great-uncle's home during the middle of the night.
Carolyn divorced her husband, Roy Bryant, in 1979.
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Photograph of Carolyn Bryant, online courtesy Library of Congress.