Holocaust Center showing film on murder of civil rights workers
The Rockland Holocaust Museum and Study Center celebrates Black History Month at 3 p.m. Sunday with a film about the Mississippi community where three civil rights workers were murdered in April 1964.
The film NESHOBA tells the story of two Jews from New York and an African-American from Mississippi who went to Philadelphia, a small Mississippi town in Neshoba County, to register black voters and investigate a church burning.
The Klu Klux Klan members and local police killed Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney and buried them in a earthen dam. Their bodies were found after 44 days and extensive search by the FBI and national guard. The tragedy became one the major events of the civil rights movement, drawing attention to the racism and violence against blacks and advocates in Mississippi and the south
The film looks at the community from 1964 until 2005.
The presentation is free, though donations to the center will be accepted.
For more information on the murders go to The Mississippi Burning Trial.
For more information on the film, call the center at 845-356-2700 or see Holocaust Museum and Study Center.