Today in 1964: As some white Mississippi leaders suggest that the June 21st disappearance of three civil-rights workers has been a hoax, FBI agents follow a tip and go directly to a farm near Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Buried there in an earthen dam, are the bullet-ridden bodies of African American, Mississippian James Chaney and Jewish, New Yorkers Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.
The three reportedly were arrested on speeding charges in Neshoba County after driving to inspect a burned African American church near Philadelphia. Local white authorities reported that the trio were released about six hours after their arrest.
The three were last were seen driving toward Meridian. In December, the FBI will arrest the Neshoba County sheriff, one of his deputies and 21 others, but all will win release on a technicality.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, UW-Madison’s Tandem Press will open its doors to showcase its new transitional home. Irish street artist Maser will be featured, with music provided by Wisco Disco mobile DJ.. Free and open to the public, this is tonight from 6 to 9pm at 1741 Commercial Avenue. More info at tandempress.wisc.edu.
The Keep Wisconsin Warm and Cool Fund announces the 4th annual Charity Corn Maze, open now through November 3rd, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 9pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Groups may be scheduled outside of these hours. The maze is at 1262 John Q. Hammons Drive and there is a cost. More info at kwwf.org or call Kari at 608-268-7881.