The cover of a new brochure depicting Neshoba County’s African American and civil rights history was unveiled Wednesday as part of the 40th anniversary commemoration of the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers here.

Alex T. Thompson of the Mississippi Development Authority unveiled “Roots of Struggle, Reward of Sacrifice” which will be available later this month and in time for the June 20 commemoration.

Tourists can use the brochure on a driving tour to visit several historic sites in the county including the building which housed the jail where the three civil rights workers were taken on the night they were murdered and the home place of Lillie Jones who encouraged the civil rights movement from her front porch rocking chair on Carver Avenue.

Directions to the actual site where the murders took place are also included.

“Today is a special day for the community of Neshoba County and especially for the families of the loved ones who lost their lives in the struggle for equality and justice of every human being,” said Thompson, associate manager of MDA’s Heritage Development.

The brochure is a project of the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Tourism Council and individuals from the community and includes significant African American history as well as prominent sites and people from the civil rights era.

The brochures will also be put in each of the state’s welcome centers.

“As the Tourism Council started this project, we worked to involve as many people as possible in the process,” Community Development Partnership President David Vowell said during a 1 p.m. press conference Wednesday.

“In addition to Alex from MDA, we were very fortunate to have Susan Glisson and Nash Molpus from the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. Also, many from the county and area put in so much of their time to complete the project.”

Other historic sites pictured in the brochure:

• The former COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) office on Carver Avenue. COFO was a coordinating body for civil rights movement efforts in the state during Freedom Summer.

• Charles Evers Funeral Home. Evers, the brother of the late Medgar Evers, also ran a hotel next to the COFO office where many workers stayed.

• Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church where a monument to the three men is erected.

• Bogue Chitto Swamp where the burned 1963 station wagon was found by a Choctaw Indian.

• Mt. Zion United Methodist Church which was burned by the Klan. The civil rights workers came to Philadelphia to secure affidavits about the burning of the church and the beatings of some of its members.

• Road 515 “Rock Cut Road,” where the three men were murdered.

The brochure also includes pictures and information about several “people of note” including J. R. (Bud) Cole, who was beaten by Klansmen on June 16, 1964, the same night the church as burned, as well as Florence Mars, one of the few whites who spoke out against racism and the murders of the three young men.