'64 Civil Rights Marker to be Dedicated

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A historical marker will be dedicated Sept. 1 in Neshoba County at the site where civil-rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were killed by the KKK in 1964.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History worked with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi at the request of the Philadelphia Coalition, a multiracial group of local citizens, to create the marker.

Winter Institute executive director Susan Glisson said the marker will be placed on Mississippi Highway 19, near County Road 515, also known as Rock Cut Road, site of the 1964 murders.

Glisson said James A. Young, elected earlier this year as Philadelphia's first black mayor, and Rita Schwerner Bender, widow of Michael Schwerner, have been invited to attend.


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