Keith Beauchamp Papers
Scope and Contents
Audiovisual recordings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other documentation of the work of Keith Beauchamp, especially regarding Emmett Till and the 2005 motion picture The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.
Some material from the Beauchamp Papers is available through the FSU Digital Library
- Created: 1950, 1955, 2001-2006, 2015, 2018
- Majority of material found within 2001 - 2006
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Except where otherwise noted, this collection is open to all researchers.
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Keith A. Beauchamp is an African American filmmaker and lecturer. He is known for his creative work and activism regarding African American civil rights, and especially for work related to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till.
Beauchamp was born in 1972 near Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Louisiana. He studied Criminal Justice at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions and began traveling among New York City, Chicago, and locations in Mississippi, investigating the murder of Emmett Till. On May 10th, 2004, the United States Department of Justice re-opened the Emmett Till murder case, citing Beauchamp’s documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till as a factor in their decision and the starting point for their investigation.
In 2007, Beauchamp begin his collaboration with the FBI’s Civil Rights Cold Case Initiative, producing documentaries on unsolved civil rights murders. Other works by Till Freedom Come Productions include Wanted Justice: Johnnie Mae Chappell (2009); If I Die Tonight (2009); and the BET Her series Exceptional Black Women (2019). Beauchamp also served as executive producer and host of Investigation Discovery’s crime reality series The Injustice Files (2011-2014), and screenwriter and producer of the feature film Till (2022).
Jackson, Angelique. “Whoopi Goldberg, Danielle Deadwyler to Star in Movie About Emmett Till’s Mother Directed by Chinonye Chukwu.” Variety online. July 23, 2021. https://variety.com/2021/film/news/whoopi-goldberg-emmett-till-movie-danielle-deadwyler-1235026380/
Till Freedom Come Productions. “Production Portfolio,” accessed November 22, 2021. https://www.tillfreedomcome.com/
Authors: Rory Grennan and Haley McGuyre
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Source of Acquisition
Keith A. Beauchamp (creator)
Method of Acquisition
Donation. Deed of Gift executed October 2015. Acquired on February 24, 2017. Additional materials donated in February 2018.
- Documentary films Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Florida State University Libraries. Manuscripts Collections Subject Source: Local sources
- Motion pictures. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Till, Emmett, 1941-1955
- Videocassettes. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Keith Beauchamp Audiovisual Recordings
- Rory Grennan and Haley McGuyre
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