City, county, Tribal and community leaders have called for justice in the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County.
The Philadelphia Coalition, a 30-member, multi-racial group of citizens, read a resolution asking the county District Attorney, the state Attorney General and the U. S. Department of Justice to “make every effort” to seek justice in the case during a May 26 press conference at City Hall.

The resolution came as the coalition plans
to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the deaths.

Two days later Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood asked the U.S. Justice Department for help, a move some believe could lead to new evidence in a case that has drawn worldwide attention and brought disrepute on this community.

At the press conference, resolutions from the Philadelphia Mayor and Board of Aldermen and the Community Development Partnership were also presented.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians issued a letter of support.

The following week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling on the appropriate authorities to “make every effort” to seek justice in this case.

“We deplore the possibility that history will record that the state of Mississippi, and this community in particular, did not make a good faith effort to do its duty,” the Coalition’s resolution said.

Civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered here on June 21, 1964, by the Ku Klux Klan for their attempts to register blacks to vote.