40 Years Later

By: Tyler Helms
By: Tyler Helms

Nearly 1,500 people gathered in Neshoba County Sunday to support a resolution seeking the reopening of an investigation into the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers.

During the memorial service commemorating the 40th anniversary of the slayings, former Mississippi Governor William Winter said state residents also have another task: "the unending work of racial reconciliation."

The event was sponsored by the multiracial Philadelphia Coalition. It was created to memorialize the murders of civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andres Goodman.

The coalition also held worship at Mount Zion United Methodist Church. Guests at that service included Governor Haley Barbour, Congressmen Chip Pickering, Bennie Thompson and John Lewis.

The three workers disappeared 40 years ago when they went to investigate a fire at a church. Several weeks later, their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam and a few miles from the church.


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