3 Students Killed In Mississippi, The Kkk Kills Three Civil Rights Activists

Mississippi was a very dangerous place for white northern college students in the summer of 1964, but that didn”t stop Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Together with James Chaney, a Mississipian, and fellow CORE member, they forced the nation to see what was going on in Mississippi. Sadly it was thier murders that opened eyes in Washington D.C. and across the country. On October 27, 1967 nineteen men were indicted in connection with these deaths. Seven men were found guilty, nine were acquitted. The verdict was considered a victory for Civil Rights as no one in Mississippi had ever been convicted for actions taken against Civil Rights workers. On June 21, 2005, the fortieth anniversary of the murders, Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of 3 counts of manslaughter in this case. At 80 years-old he was sentenced to sixty years in prison. The battle for Civil Rights rages on in memory of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and all those that died fighting for social justice.

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Log kept by COFO staff chronicaling the obstacles faced by those looking for Micheal Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.




Photo of the car that the three young men were driving when adducted by members of the Klu Klux Klan.

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Article published when the bodies of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were found.

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Photo of the earthen dam where the three bodies had been buried.

Photo of the suspects being arraigned on charges of involvement in the murders.

Article publicizing the actions of 7 Queens College students who organzied a protest in hopes of raising awareness of the need for action in the investigation of the disappearance of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

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Letter to President Johnson requesting his attention to the dangers to civil rights workers in Mississippi sent while the search was active for James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

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