Some 20 high school students in the Summer Youth Initiative sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation toured Philadelphia, Mississippi, Monday around the anniversary of three of the most notorious murders during the Civil Rights Era.

The students visited important landmarks in the Philadelphia area related to the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner on June 21, 1964.

While in Philadelphia, they visited the former Neshoba County Jail, Mt. Zion Methodist Church and the site where the three men were killed.

This is the seventh year of the Summer Youth Initiative and the annual visit to Philadelphia helps to underscore the Winter Institute’s discussion of racial issues with the students.


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