Civil Rights Marker Dedicated

For many people in Neshoba County, the murders of three civil rights workers 45 years ago is forever etched in their memories. Now, it will have a permanent marker to help everyone remember it.

A marker was placed Tuesday on a road just off Highway 19 in Neshoba County to remember James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who were killed there June 21, 1964.

The marker was financed by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. Supporters say the sign is important for the community, state and nation.

"The first time I came to Neshoba County, there was an article in the New York Times that said, 'there is no marker," and I think that the sense was that the community didn't want to talk about it," said Susan Glisson of the Winter Institute. "Didn't want to acknowledge what happened. I hope this signs says we're going to apologize for it and we're going to work to make it better."

Schwerner's widow attended the unveiling.

"We can't, as a people, move forward, if we don't understand where we came from," said Rita Schwerner Bender. "We have to understand the legacy that we were born into and that we all live with."

The sign is about eight miles south of Philadelphia, next to County Road 515 where the murders happened. The bodies of the three young man were found weeks later.


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