Three civil-rights workers are killed in Mississippi

Filed under:
Civil Rights Events
Event date:
June 21, 2024 (This event repeats every year)
Nashoba County, Mississippi

June 21, 1964 Three civil-rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, were working to register black voters in Mississippi, and had gone to investigate the burning of a black church. They were arrested by the police on speeding charges, incarcerated, then released into the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, who then murdered them. The ringleader of the crime was convicted on June 21, 2005, exactly 41 years after the crime. The 1988 movie, "Mississippi Burning", was loosely based on the murders.