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Three Who Died for Civil Rights

This exhibit contains items relating to the murder of three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. These brave young men sacrificed thier lives helping underserved communities in Mississippi during the Summer of 1964. Following thier deaths there were a number of events that commemorated thier sacrifice. The clock tower attached to the Rosenthal Library on the campus of Queens College was dedicated in thier names on May 10, 1989. The Chaney Goodman Schwerner Memorial Coalition sponsored memorial events, some of which are included in this exhibit and the Freedom Caravan (1989) made a historic trip to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic deaths. In addition, when Fred Zollo produced a Hollywood version of the events surrounding the investigation of the murders, "Mississippi Burning," there was an uproar on and around the Queens College campus, items relating to the criticism the movie received are included in this exhibit. 

Credits

Stephanie McEvoy, Summer 2014