Anniversary of 1964 Deaths of Freedom Summer Workers

Left to right: Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.

June 21 is the anniversary of the murders in 1964 of young civil rights workers in Mississippi Freedom Summer, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. The three young men were arrested by the police on trumped-up charges, imprisoned for several hours, and then released after dark into the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, who beat and murdered them. It was later proven in court that a conspiracy existed between members of Neshoba County’s law enforcement and the Ku Klux Klan to kill them. The killings, which shocked the nation and world, were the subject of the 1988 movie “Mississippi Burning” and a new documentary “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom.”
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