Mississippi Department of Archives & History
The Mississippi Department of Archives & History marker for Freedom Summer Murders is located outside the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on County Road 747 in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
The GPS location of this marker is: N 32º 46.926’ W 88º 59.491’
The marker reads:
“FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS – On June 21, 1964, voting rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who had come here to investigate the burning of Mt. Zion Church, were murdered. Victims of a Klan conspiracy, their deaths provoked national outrage and led to the first successful federal prosecution of a civil rights case in Mississippi.”
This marker is about a major event in Civil Rights history. Here is an American Experience documentary about the events of 1964 in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
Here are some photos of the present Mt. Zion United Methodist Church which replaced the one that was burned down in the summer of 1964.
Here are some websites with more information about Mt. Zion United Methodist Church:
- Mississippi Department of Archives & History
- Preservation In Mississippi – April 2017
- Neshoba Democrat – 19 April 2017
Here are some other sites related to the Freedom Summer Murders:
- Old Neshoba County Jail, Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Mississippi
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