Bodies of three Civil Rights workers found in Philadelphia, Mississippi (72 words)

Historical Context Note


Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman of New York, and James Chaney of Meridian, Mississippi were civil rights workers whose bodies were found buried in a dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Before disappearing from Neshoba County in June 1964, they had been investigating an arson attack on a proposed site for a Freedom school (temporary free schools for African Americans) in Mount Zion Methodist Church. They were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Related Groups

  1. American Civil-Rights Movement in the 1960s