Mississippi Burning Case Officially Closes After Half A Century, On The 52nd Anniversary

Jacqueline Bowser - Author
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Jun. 22 2016, Updated 6:42 a.m. ET

Officials in Mississippi after more than half a century are closing the Mississippi Burning case, in which three civil rights workers were kidnapped and murdered. On June 21, 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, had volunteered for the Mississippi Summer Project and were trying to help register African American voters at the time of their disappearances in Neshoba county, Mississippi.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, said, “It’s just gotten to the point that it’s 52 years later and we’ve done all we can do.” Hood continued, according to The Clarion-Ledger,”The decision “closes a chapter” in the state’s divisive civil rights history. For these participants, the good Lord will have to deal with that.”

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“The case had been investigated three times by the Justice Department over the past 52 year and helped convict nine individuals for their roles in this heinous crime,” according to Vanita Gupta, the head of the Justice Department’s civil-rights division, reported by FOX News.

The Mississippi case gained notoriety with the 1988 movie, “The Mississippi Burning.” The film won several awards including an Academy Award for best cinematography, via IMDb.

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