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 Michael Henry “Mickey” Schwerner

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Michael Henry “Mickey” Schwerner

  • Birth 6 Nov 1939 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 21 Jun 1964 Neshoba, Neshoba County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Cremated
  • Memorial ID 6442197

Civil Rights Worker. Michael Schwerner, James Chaney & Andrew Goodman began their midsummer's day visit to Neshoba County with an inspection of the burned out remains of Mount Zion Church. they then visited the homes of four black members of the congregation to learn more about the incident. Deputy Cecil Price was east on highway 16 when he spotted the CORE wagon heading in his direction, Price arrested all three, allegedly for suspicion of having been involved in the church arson and put the three men in Neshoba County jail. Chaney paid the fine, Price release them from jail, led them to their parked car, then tailed them as they headed east out of town on highway 19. the three civil rights workers by then led into a trap, After following the CORE wagon out of town, Price returned to Philadelphia, Mississippi to drop off an accompanying philadelphia police officer, then raced back onto highway 19 in pursuit of three civil rights workers. Two other cars filled with young Klan members were also speeding. Price's souped-up Chevy saw the CORE wagon come into view less than ten miles from the county line. Chaney decided to run for it and a high speed chase ensued. Chaney swerved quickly onto Highway 492, but Price made the turn as well. Second later, for reasons unknown, Chaney braked his car and the three to get out of the car, the three were placed in Deputy Price's car.

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