Bill Would Rename Highway 19

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The Mississippi Senate approved a bill Thursday that would name stretches of highways in Neshoba, Tallahatchie and Leflore Counties for victims of the nation's most infamous civil rights killings.

A stretch of Mississippi Highway 19 in Neshoba County, believed to be the site of the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, would be renamed for the three civil rights workers ambushed and killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964.

The bill also renames a portion of U.S. Highway 49 East in Leflore and Tallahatchie counties the "Emmett Till Memorial Highway," in honor of the 14-year-old black youth who was beaten to death by two white men in 1955. Many consider Till's death the catalyst of the civil rights movement.

If the bill is passed in the House and signed by Gov. Haley Barbour, it would be the first state-sponsored memorial for Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. No senator voted against the bill.