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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  • by Sylvia on Sep 2, 2009 at 04:14 PM
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  • by Ghost of Mississippi Location: PhillyD on Sep 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM
    To Pops-when is the next KKK meeting? I'm interested in joining so we can rid our state of ignorant people like you and Jan. Remember history has a tendency to repeat itself, there is a new and fearless majority now-please don't become a victim due to your callus and unfeeling attitudes.
  • by Everette Location: Meridian on Sep 2, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    You Can Tell WTOK Is A ABC Affiliate,The Comments On A Story Is Always One Sided,I Made A Comment On This Story,My Comment Was Not Noted Because,It Wanted Bad Memorys To Be Left Behind So We Could Get Over The Bad Carma Our State Has Been Plagued With Because Of A Few Bad People,I Think I Will Find Me A New News Source,Sine Mr. Tom Daniels Left,Mr. Johnson Bungles Through The News So Bad Until You Lose Enterest In What He Is Trying To Say.
  • by Jan Location: Philadelphia on Sep 2, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    it isnt like the world is going to let Philadelphia forget what happened here so many years ago. Its time to move on folks. Its OVER, it happened and personally, I dont give a ____.
  • by Pops on Sep 2, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    If these boys had been home minding their business, they would not need a marker.
  • by History Buff Location: Meridian on Sep 1, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I am so happy the marker has been erected. The past should never be forgotten, no matter how ugly. There are only four other men living here in Meridian who planned and implemented the murders of these men. I wish they would allow someone to interview them so we can know the "real" story and set our history books straight. The relatives of the guilty men should encourage them to come clean before it's too late. Meridian will never prosper with these hidden sins in our city/county law enforcemnt agencies, churches, businesses,and schools. The families of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner need closure for once and for all. Please men, tell them the real story so you may receive forgiveness from them, as well as your heavenly Father.
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