You are anywhere near Philadelphia, Mississippi, on Sunday, June 15, be sure to consider visiting the Historic Mt. Zion United Methodist Church there at 3 p.m. It is at that time that civil rights leader and U. S. Representation John Lewis, D-Georgia, is scheduled to speak during the 50th annual memorial service for three civil rights workers killed in Neshoba County in 1964.
Lewis is himself a former freedom rider and well-known civil-rights leader, of course. He is the only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington.
Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were ambushed and later shot by the Ku Klux Klan on June 21, 1964. They were in Neshoba County investigating the burning of Mt. Zion five days earlier.
In 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted on three counts of manslaughter for his role in the murders of the three civil rights workers. He is serving a 60-year sentence.