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Sun, 06.21.1964

Three Civil Rights Activists Are Murdered in Mississippi

Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman

On this date in 1964, three Civil Rights workers disappeared near Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Two of them were white and one was Black. James Chaney, a Black Mississippian, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, two Jewish New Yorkers, were in Neshoba County to look into the burning of a Black church and help register Black voters during what was called "Freedom Summer."

The three were stopped for speeding, jailed briefly, and then released, after which they were followed out of town by a gang of Ku Klux Klansmen, intercepted, and murdered.

Reference:

MPR News.org

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