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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  • by nick Location: fort myers florida on Nov 23, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    i see a few people said some blacks are more predjudice against whites,, ____ if i was black i would be too. what white people done put black people thru is horrible, even though it is present time, people just cant ge tover were all equally differnt
  • by jane Location: ms on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:46 AM
    Hey, whoop la: That wasnt a hateful statement......You reap what you sow. Just as Ed said you murder you get death.....Is that hateful? and to Anonymous....this great US economy is keeping me from leaving the south.....if I could sell my house I would be out of here as fast as I came here....I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy and PROUD of it.....Never had any dogs, fire hoses, white sheets or burning crosses up north...And dont kid yourself....those in their prime back in the 50's and 60's still think the same, they just reserve their thoughts and comments for the right circle.....I have heard it with my own ears and know it still exists. I guess they thought because I am white I think the same as they do and spoke their minds and it would be OK....WRONG! Oh, and Carl...I never heard of any members of the NAACP hunting down white folk, killing them and dumping their bodies in the woods.....
  • by ed on Nov 13, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    sad facts we talk about racism and yet the very laws on how you are punished, promoted, hired, or educated are based on race gender and sexual orientation.... we have groups out there no matter what will spin about anything so they can be on the soapbox.. the fact is all need to say enough the ____ with the laws and color do what is right and stand by honor.. you murder you get death.. you educate because they want it and you do what you can to allow them to get it and teach them the tools they want.. you hire because of the skill they have before anything and those elected back them in choices they make until otherwise ... when we use color gender etc as a tool to measure you don't get the best from anyone.. you only cause divide..... history is that history those that tamper with it should be dealt with to the max it can be dealt ..
  • by jacksonian Location: Jackson on Nov 13, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    As a white man, I find these acts of vandalism to be childish and disgraceful to the entire state of Mississippi. Whoever did this, whether they be 16 or 60, should be punished for being so stupid. It's 2009 people - GROW UP!
  • by tired of all this whoop la Location: Lauderdale County on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    The statement made by Jane quote-I pray that the next bigot who shoots at the sign is blinded by the ricochet as they are already blinded by hatred.- is just as much or more hate speech than anything I've ever heard. I agree with Old Guy, that there is racism across the board on all sides. It's not just black & white anymore. There are too many groups & organizations... one for just about every person or thought you can think of. We just need to be united against the real enemy & not a divided USA. I'm proud to be born in the USA & have the freedom to voice my opinion instead of complaining about who did what to whom. I watched all this unfold since 1964 & I'm tired of it. I wish it would all go away. Nobody is letting things in the past stay buried in the past where it belongs. As long as there is complaining, we will NEVER be a UNITED States of America.
  • by Just DO IT on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    Jay why dont you go ahead and start a NAAWP instead of wondering what would happen if it was started.
  • by Jay Location: Meridian on Nov 11, 2009 at 01:14 AM
    CARL is right I have always felt the NAACP is racist. What would happen if someone started the NAAWP?
  • by Dawn Location: MS on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    As being someone who worked in Kemper county, I quickly found out that a lot of the African American people I worked with were more prejudice against whites than the whites were against them. Has anyone stopped to think that maybe this was not done by prejudice whites, but by racist blacks who want to keep trouble stirred up? Just a thought.
  • by Old Guy Location: Meridian on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    There's racism everywhere, not just in Mississippi, not just white or black. It only takes one _______ from either faction to stir it up. There was no doupt that the marker would be defaced when it was erected, only a matter of time. And, it will happen again, don't give them the publicity they want by making a big issue out of it. Even lowly road signs are not spared bullet holes, thrown bottles or paint. Repair it or replace it and move on, it will become a non-issue and maybe it will be left alone.
  • by Anonymous Location: Philadelphia on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    I'm from Meridian and moved to Philly 15 yrs ago and started my family...I've never owned a slave nor has any of my family so im tired of being blamed for something me and my family had nothing to do with....I think what happened back then was horrible and I'm sad for them and anyone else that has lost a love one in a hate crime....but it's time for all Americans to GROW UP and stop blaming everyone else...Our MS has alot to offer... and im still proud to say im from the south...and if your not then leave...no one is keeping you here...
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