Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Freedom Place New York City

Freedom Place New York City

Freedom Place New York City
Freedom Place "In memory of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, who on June 21, 1964 in Philadelphia, Mississippi gave their lives in the unending struggle for freedom and democracy." Dedicated by the West Side Civil Rights Committee November 18, 1967.

Andrew Goodman was born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City, In 1964, Goodman volunteered with fellow activist Mickey Schwerner to work on the "Freedom Summer" project of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to register blacks to vote in Mississippi. Schwerner had been working closely with an assistant James Chaney, also a civil rights activist in Meridian.
On way to Meridian, they were stopped and arrested by Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price for allegedly driving over the speed limit and taken to jail in Neshoba County where Chaney was booked for speeding, Schwerner and Goodman were booked "for investigation."

Chaney was fined $20, they were released and told to leave the county. Price followed them on state route 19 to the county line, then turned around at approximately 10:30 p.m. On the way to Meridian, the men were stopped by two carloads of KKK members on a remote rural road. The men approached their car, shot and killed Schwerner, next Goodman, and finally Chaney.

Tip of the hat to to Rogers Simon of Elite Couriers

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