Lest We Forget… Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Given Posthumously to Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman

This is a story that needs to be told in these difficult, divisive days.

       THIS was the cost of voting rights protections that are considered “unnecessary” today.

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http://www.clarionledger.com/story/journeytojustice/2014/11/10/presidential-medal-of-freeom-given-three-slain-civil-rights-workers/18826791/

 

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— Quote from an equipment operator hired by the FBI to dig for the bodies. The man was interviewed by The Meridian Star for a story published September 20, 1964; he was not identified, saying he feared for his life. The story was distributed by United Press International; this image was taken from the front page of The Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. (Story available through http://www.newspapers.com.)

 

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— Photo from the FBI, made public in 2005 during the trial of Edgar Ray Killen

“Good evening, three young civil rights workers disappeared in Mississippi on Sunday night near the central Mississippi town of Philadelphia, about 50 miles northeast of Jackson. The last report on the trio came from Philadelphia police, who said they were picked up for speeding on Sunday, fined $20, then released.”

— Lead story from “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite,” June 22, 1964

 

[Credit: Selected text and images are from this excellent illustrated timeline, a work of meticulous research. Please contact me if you would like further identification.

http://the60sat50.blogspot.com/2014/06/sunday-june-21-1964-goodman-chaney-and.html   ]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Lest We Forget… Presidential Medal of Freedom to be Given Posthumously to Chaney, Schwerner, and Goodman

  1. Ironic that they would be honored in a year that voter suppression is an official policy of the Party of Lincoln.

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  2. Yes! I had said as much on Facebook and was circling back to add the thought here.

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