Philadelphia, Mississippi (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were murdered here in Mississippi by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The three young men were Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.
They were in the process of returning from at trip to Neshoba, Mississippi where they had been checking on the members of a black church which had been burned.
The Mount Zion Church of Neshoba was to have hosted a "teach-in" associated with Freedom Summer, the registration of black voters in Mississippi, but the KKK made sure that never happened.
Their car was stopped by police allegedly for speeding.
After they were released seven hours later, the civil rights workers were followed, stopped, shot and buried in pre-dug graves.
It was determined later that the two white men, Schwerner and Goodman, were shot in the heart while Chaney, a black man, had been beaten and shot three times.
The remains were not found until 44 days later on August 4, 1964. They were uncovered in an earthen dam.
The investigation of the murders by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was code-named MISSISSIPPI BURNING or MIBURN.