AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (PBS): “MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI” – 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

Murder in Mississippi

 

50 years ago today, Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman disappeared near the town of Philadelphia, Mississippi after visiting the burned Mt. Zion Baptist Church which had been targeted by Klan members. The three civil rights workers were arrested after local law enforcement identified their station wagon as a Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) vehicle. The FBI would uncover their bodies six weeks later, buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia. Learn more about the investigation and trial that ensued after the discovery on our website.

Goodman, Chaney and SchwernerCourtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS

Freedom Summer @ 50

“We went to Mississippi to try and make the world a better world. We accomplished some things, but we didn’t do the whole job.” – Mark Levy

Mark Levy - The Teacher

While attending Queens College, Mark Levy volunteered for Freedom Summer and was recruited by CORE staff members Mickey and Rita Schwerner to become a coordinator…

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