Bodies of three Civil Rights workers found in Philadelphia, Mississippi

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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.

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  1. American Civil-Rights Movement in the 1960s