Image

10:54 AM / Thursday September 29, 2022

9 May 2010

House passes bill to honor slain civil rights workers

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 9, 2010 Category: Stateside Posted by:

By Monica Land

NNPA

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill to designate the Federal Bureau of Investigations building, currently under construction in Jackson, Miss., the James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner Federal Building. Bill Number 3562 passed the House by unanimous consent this month with no Members of the House objecting to its passage.

 

“Mr. Speaker, these young men paid the ultimate price attempting to bring justice and equality to my home State of Mississippi.” said U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson on the House floor. “

 

While the naming of this building pales in comparison to the loss of a son or brother, we hope that the families of these three young men will find solace in our acknowledgment of their contribution by naming the latest symbol of justice in Mississippi after their loved ones.”

 

Thompson also said in support of the bill, which is now headed to the Senate for consideration: “While there may be many individuals who are worthy of having their names grace Mississippi’s new FBI building, I cannot think of anyone more fitting for this honor than James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner,” he said.

 

“May the naming of this building serve as a notice to domestic terrorists–in this instance, they were law enforcement officials, Ku Klux Klansmen, and trucking company owners–that their actions will never be tolerated again.

 

The new building, located at 1220 Echelon Parkway, Jackson, Mississippi, is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2010. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were three Civil Rights workers murdered during what is known as, “Freedom Summer.”

 

On June 21, 1964, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner went to investigate the burning of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Supposedly, the church had been burned because it supported Civil Rights activity.

 

Chaney, the only black victim, was a local Freedom Movement activist from Meridian. Schwerner was a CORE organizer from New York, and Goodman, also from New York, was a Freedom Summer volunteer. All three young men had just returned from a week-long training on the campus of Western College for Women regarding strategies on how to register blacks to vote.

 

Later that evening, the three men were pulled over by Neshoba County deputy Cecil Price who charged Chaney with speeding. Price, a member of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, alerted his fellow Klansmen on how to kill the three men.

 

Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were taken to an isolated spot near Philadelphia, Miss., where Chaney was savagely beaten and all three men were shot to death. Their car was set on fire and driven into the Bogue Chitto swamp.

 

The three victims were buried in an earthen dam and their bodies were discovered six weeks later.

 

The FBI subsequently arrested 18 men in October 1964 for the murders, but state prosecutors refused to try the case, claiming a lack of evidence.

Image

 

On June 21, 2005, Edgar Ray Killen, an ordained Baptist minister, and ringleader of the kidnapping and murder of the three men, was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.

 

Now 85, Killen is serving 60 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Stateside

Mail ballot fight persists in key states, sure to slow count

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Processed mail-in ballots are seen at the Chester County Voter Services...

Health

Wolf administration recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email HARRISBURG, Pa. — Leadership from multiple state agencies joined advocates from Prevent Suicide...

Seniors

Art program helps people living with dementia

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Sylvia M. paints a colorful pattern at an “ARTZ in the...

Color Of Money

EXPLAINER: How the strong U.S. dollar can affect everyone

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By Stan Choe ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK — The buck isn’t stopping. The...

Go With The-Flo

Roz Nixon visits with Lillias White to see her debut in the current Broadway hit “Hadestown”

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Roz Nixon and Lillias White By Flo Anthony Curtis “50 Cent”...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Roasted Curried Cauliflower

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Garlic “Butter” Mushrooms and Cauliflower...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff