Event to remember slain civil rights workers

Published 6:54 pm Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The 45th anniversary of the slaying of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County will be observed June 20.

The Ku Klux Klan abducted and killed James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on June 21, 1964. The bodies were found 45 days later in an earthen dam in Neshoba County.

The 45th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service and Conference is set to begin with a “March for Justice” at 10 a.m. June 20 at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia, following the route that Martin Luther King Jr. took in 1966, ending one mile later at the Neshoba County Courthouse for a rally.

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Organizers say after the rally, there will be a dinner on the grounds at the Longdale Community Center.