Chaney, Shwerner, and Goodman
The movie, 'Mississippi Buring' dramatized the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi. Those activists were Michael Shwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney. Michael Shwerner was born November 6, 1939 in New York City and went to college at Michigan State University. James Chaney was born May 30, 1943 in Meridian, Mississippi. Andrew Goodman was born November 23, 1943 in New York City and educated at University of Wisconsin. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Michael Shwerner and Andrew Goodman volunteered to register black voters in Mississippi. June 20, 1964 they reached Meridian and were joined by James Chaney. On June 21, 1964 the three set out for Philadelphia, MS in Neshoba County to investigate the burning of the Mount Zion Methodist Church. They were then arrested by Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price for driving 35 mph over the 30 mph speed limit. Chaney was arrested for speeding while Shwerner and Goodman were arrested for 'investigation.' After being released, on their way back to Meridian two cars of KKK members stopped their car on a rural road. All three were then shot and killed. The Neshoba County deputy sheriff and the other conspiraters were all charged and convicted of Federal Civil Rights violations, but it was several decades before any real head way was made. On the 41st anniversary of the murders Edgar Ray Killen, then 80, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter. The charge does not hold the same penalty as murder, however, it was enough to put him away for 60 years.