Three civil rights workers, murdered here in 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan will be remembered Sunday during the 54th annual memorial service at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in the Longdale community.

The annual program will begin at 3 p.m.




The featured speakers for the event will be Pamela D.C. Junior and Dr. Ray Jordan.

Junior is the recently appointed director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson.

Jordan is the senior pastor of Central United Church of Christ in Dallas. Jordan also teaches at the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and the graduate Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University.

The church is 10 miles east on Mississippi 16 and then 2.5 miles north on Road 747.

The three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were ambushed and murdered in Neshoba County on June 21, 1964 after investigating the burning of Mt. Zion nearly a week earlier on June 16, 1964.

The Klan believed the church was playing a central role in the black voter registration effort.

Several members were beaten, some severely, as they left the church the night of the fire.

In 1967, seven men were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the three murder victims.

In 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted on three counts of manslaughter and received three 20-year consecutive sentences.