One of the most shocking moments in the Civil Rights Era was the disappearance of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner near Philadelphia, Mississippi, where they were working for voting rights and desegregation. Later, they were discovered brutally murdered, with evidence the Klan and local “law enforcement” were implicated.
The search for their bodies and their killers galvanized the nation and shamed decent people across the South, adding posthumous strength to Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner’s mission and burning their names into the history of the movement.
Today, we learn that one of the key figures has died in a Mississippi prison. The story is here in the Jackson, MS, paper.