Today in History: Civil Rights Activists Killed in Mississippi

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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 1964 file photo civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King displays pictures of three civil rights workers, who were slain in Mississippi the summer before, from left Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, at a news conference in New York, where he commended the FBI for its arrests in Mississippi in connection with the slayings. As the burgeoning civil rights movement gathered force in the 1960s, demonstrators were brutalized and killed, sometimes at the hands of law officers. Many slayings remain unsolved. But in some cases where local authorities failed to go after the attackers or all-white juries refused to convict, the federal government moved in with civil rights charges. (AP Photo/JL, File)
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Three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman
and James Chaney, were killed on June 21, 1964, by members of the Ku
Klux Klan while working to register Black voters in Mississippi.

Schwerner and Goodman, who were both white, traveled with Chaney, who
was African-American, on a trip passing through Philadelphia,
Mississippi. They were pulled over by a local sheriff, who was a
member of the Klan. Although they eventually were released, the three
men were later stopped and taken to a secluded area where they were
shot and buried. Their bodies were found on August 4. No one was
convicted of murder.

Their deaths continue to serve as a vivid symbol of the fight for
voting and human rights to African-Americans in the South.

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