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Andrew Goodman

  • Birth 23 Nov 1943 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 21 Jun 1964 Neshoba, Neshoba County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Plot B'nai Wolf Goodman Society: Section 2, Block 1, Path R02, Grave 89
  • Memorial ID 6442202

Social Activist. Born the second of three sons of Robert and Dr. Carolyn Goodman on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He attended the unconventional Walden School and during his sophmore year he went to Washington, D. C. to participate in the Youth March for Integrated Schools. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Queens College with an intention of studying drama. In April 1964, he applied for and was accepted into the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality in order to register black voters in Mississippi. He joined two other civil rights workers, Mickey Schwermer and James Chaney, in the hostile atmosphere of Meridian, Mississippi on June 21, 1964. At the end of his first day in Mississippi, the trio vanished. Their case made national headlines and the FBI involved themselves in the search for the missing men. On August 4, the bodies of the three men were found in an earthen dam, all had been shot to death. On December 4, 1964 federal agents arrested nineteen men for conspiring to deprive Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman of their civil rights; no one was charged with murder. Eventually 18 Klansmen were tried, when a verdict was reached some three years later, seven men were convicted, serving less than eight years each. In September 2004 the State of Mississippi reopened the case and indicted a Klansman, released after the 1967 court decision, on manslaughter charges; convicted he will serve three consecutive twenty year prison sentences. Goodman's parents established the Andrew Goodman Foundation, which continues to support a variety of social causes.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6442202
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Goodman (23 Nov 1943–21 Jun 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6442202, citing Mount Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .