Community Development Partnership

Resolution Asking for Justice
In the June 21, 1964 Murders of
James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner

Forty years ago, on June 21, 1964, three young men, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were murdered in Neshoba County.

The State of Mississippi has never brought criminal indictments against anybody for these murders. There is, for good and obvious reasons, no statute of limitations on murder. This principle of law holds that anyone who takes the life of another person for any reason not provided by law is never immune from prosecution, no matter how remote the time.

With firm resolve and strong belief in the rule of law, we call on the appropriate authorities to make every effort to seek justice in this case. We regret that history will record that the authorities did not make a good faith effort to do their duty and we call on the people in authority to make an effort to see justice in this case.

Finally, we wish to say to the families of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner that we regret what was done in this community to your loved ones. We the undersigned, call on those in authority to use every available resource and do all things necessary to bring about a just resolution to this case.

RESOLVED this the 25th day of May, 2004.

Brenda Mills, Chairwoman of the Board
David Vowell, President