Too Many Martyrs

June 21, 1964 – Three civil rights workers – James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner – left Meridian, Mississippi, at 9 a.m. to investigate a church burning. They were expected back by 4 p.m. When they failed to return, a search was begun. Their murdered bodies were discovered on August 4th, victims of conspiracy between the KKK and local law enforcement. Mr. Goodman had been enrolled at the UW-Madison and lived in a home on Park St. In this photo, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holds a photo of the three, Mr. Goodman is in the photo on the right hand side. All three men were posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.