Civil Rights Marker Vandalized

Two months after being placed, a marker commemorating the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers has been defaced.

Early Sunday the letters KKK were discovered spray painted across the sign on Highway 19, south of Philadelphia.

It's located next to the road that leads to where James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were shot to death.

Following a preliminary probe by deputies, county supervisors had the sign removed and cleaned.

"I'm pleased that the sign was salvageable and that it wasn't completely destroyed," said county supervisor Obbie Riley. "I hate that something like this would happen, but we don't live in a perfect world and it's something that we as a community are going to get through."

Since first being erected, county officials say some of the letters have been damaged by rocks or gunshots. They say it is unknown when that damage might have occurred.


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