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The Student Voice-Rights Workers Still Missing

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Title

The Student Voice-Rights Workers Still Missing

Description

Newspaper published by SNCC

Subject

Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964
Schwerner, Michael Henry, 1939-1964
Goodman, Andrew, 1939-1964
Civil Rights Movement-Mississippi-20th century
Mississippi Freedom Project
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Creator

The Student Voice, Inc.

Source

SusanNicholsCollection.Box1.Folder16

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1964-06-30

Date Created

2014-06-02

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Format

Image
JPEG

Extent

158 KB

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Atlanta (GA.)
Philadelphia (Miss.)
Jackson (Miss.)
Oxford (Ohio)

Text

RIGHTS WORKERS STILL MISSING
(Photo)
THE CHARRED STATION WAGON (left) driven by three civil rights workers last seen near Philadelphia, Miss. on last Sunday night. The tires, windows, interior and exterior were completely burned out.
MISSING CORE WORKER Mickey Schwerner (right) in the Meridian community center he and his wife Rita helped establish.
PHILADELPHIA, MISS.-Civil Rights workers are helping bolster force of Federal officers in a search for three missing men, a search some rights workers say is not as concentrated as newspapers report.
The three men-Micky Schwerner, 24, a CORE worker, and Andrew Goodman, 20 a summer volunteer, both white, from New York City, and James Cheney, 21, Negro from Meridian-left Meridian, 35 miles away at 9:00 Sunday morning. They were stopped in Philadelphia at 4:00 given a speeding ticket, spent six hours in jail, and released at 10:00 that evening. They have not been seen or heard of since.
Civil rights workers complained that agents front he Federal Bureau of Investigation did not arrive on the scene until at least 20 hours after they were first notified the three men were missing.
H.F. Helgesen, a Jackson FBI agent, was notified at 10:00pm. Sunday evening that the three were missing. He told he Jackson office to keep him informed of what was happening. At 10:30, a Justice Department lawyer named Schwelb was called in Meridian by COFO workers. Jackson called Schwelb again at 11:00 but he had not left his room. At 12:00 that evening, the Jackson office called Schwelb again and gave him the license number of the missing car and requested an investigation. Schwelb said the FBI was not a police force and that he was not sure a Federal offense had occurred. He was told provisions in the U.S. Code gave the FBI authority to intervene in civil rights cases. He insisted he did not have any authority. The office called FBI agent Helgesen again, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
At 1:00a.m. Monday morning (one hour ahead of Mississippi time) June 22, the Atlanta SNCC office called John Doar of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. He said they were concerned and would look into the case.
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Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)
Newspaper

Citation

The Student Voice, Inc., “The Student Voice-Rights Workers Still Missing,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed December 1, 2021, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/234.

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