This day marks the 5oth anniversary of the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three young civil rights workers who had come to investigate the burning of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church outside Philadelphia, Miss. On the night of June 21, 1964 the three were kidnapped by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department. The three were shot and buried in an earthen dam. Their bodies were discovered 44 days later and brought national attention and outrage that lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Below is a slideshow of photographs that I shot for the L.A. Times in 2008 and a link to the Simon and Garfunkel song "He Was My Brother," a song dedicated to Andrew Goodman, who was their friend and a classmate of Simon's at Queen's Collge.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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