6.22.2005

forty-one years ago yesterday

On June 21, 1964, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Earl Chaney, three young civil rights workers, disappeared in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Yesterday, one of their murderers was convicted (though not of murder).

Although I was too young when this happened to remember it first-hand, I feel an odd connection to the case. Andrew Goodman's mother, Dr Carolyn Goodman, lives in New York City; the local media checks in with her perennially, and has kept the case very much alive for New Yorkers. I mentioned this when Killen was indicted.

This New York Times story has some interesting reaction from jurors and other local people on the trial and the manslaughter verdict.

1 comment:

Marie said...

It was long overdue but a welcome result!

marie