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Civil Rights Caravan to Mark Deaths



Civil Rights Caravan to Mark Deaths


Article in the New York Times about the Freedom Caravan that was part of the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Memorial


Civil Rights--Mississippi--History--20th century
Mississippi Freedom Project
Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964
Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964
Schwerner, Michael Henry, 1939-1964


The New York Times




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



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Spatial Coverage

Jackson (Miss.)
New York, (N.Y.)
Washington, (D.C.)
Philadelphia (Miss.)


David Goodman, the bother of Andrew Goodman who was killed with two other civil rights workers 25 years ago, at a news conference yesterday in Jackson, Miss. At left with Dr. Carolyn Goodman, his mother, and Julia Chaney Moss, the sister of James Earl Chaney, one of the other victims.
Civil Rights Caravan to Mark Deaths
Jackson, Miss., March 7 (AP)--
Twenty-five years after the slaying of three young men drew the nation's attention to the civil rights movement, a new Freedom Summer caravan is being planned to commemorate the deaths organizers said today.
Civil rights leaders from Mississippi and across the nation were joined by Gov. Ray Mabus at the announcement of the caravan, which will leave Philadelphia, Miss., on June 21 and travel to Washington and New York.
"It will be kind of a prayer pilgrimage of reconciliation where the spirit of good will, which Mississippi has recaptured, will come alive again," said James Farmer, the former chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality.
Mr.Farmer, who played a leading role in the original Freedom Summer demonstrations in 1964, said Mississippi has shed its "ugly image of hatred" and can be a model for the rest of the nation.
"All Things are Possible"
He said he realized that when Mr. Mabus greeted him in the Governor's office once held by the late Theodore Bilbo, a strident segregationist.
"I knew then that in this great land of ours, all things are possible," Mr. Farmer said.
Mr. Mabus also spoke of change in Mississippi. "Today, once more, the officials of Mississippi are standing in the schoolhouse door, but this time we are standing in that door to open it wider and to make sure that everybody gets in," he said.
The caravan will commemorate the slaying of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Henry Schwerner, whose bodies were found in an earthen dam new Philadelphia six weeks after their deaths on June 21, 1964.
Mr. Chaney was a 21-year-old black from Meridian; Mr. Goodman, 20, and Mr. Schwerner, 24, were white New Yorkers who were among the young people from around the nation who flocked to the South to protest racial discrimination in what rights advocates called Freedom Summer.
Julia Chaney Moss, the sister of James Chaney, said the caravan would "recreate that moment in time in 1964 to educate the youth and re-educate those older of us who maybe have become complacent in our lives, and to rededicate ourselves to human rights, civil rights and voter registration.
State Representative Aaron Henry, president of the Mississippi branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the caravan would begin with rallies in Jackson and Meridian and then head to Philadelphia.
Rally Near Grave
Later stops are planned in Selma, Alabama, Washington, and New York, where a rally will be held on June 24 near where Mr. Chaney is buried.
The three men vanished after being arrested and jailed in Philadelphia on a traffic violation. No one was tried for murder, but eight men were convicted on Federal charges of denying the three their civil rights.
The incident was depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "Mississippi Burning," which has won critical acclaim but also has been widely accused of minimizing the role of blacks.
That movie was also cited by sixteen members of the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as one of the reasons they marched through Philadelphia Sunday afternoon chanting "White power for America."
from the streets about 100 people watched the Klan demonstration. Only a handful of hecklers, some of them white, shouted at the white supremacists.
The Grand Dragon for Mississippi, Jordan Gollub of Picayune, said Philadelphia had been chosen for what a Klan recruitment rally because of its portrayal in "Mississippi Burning."
Mr. Gollub's group has marched in several Mississippi towns in the last few months, but the march in Philadelphia drew by far the largest number of spectators.
The Klan says it will march in every Mississippi county to attract new members. Only a handful of people here took membership applications.

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The New York Times, “Civil Rights Caravan to Mark Deaths,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/272.