|June 13, 1963
prominent black leader, is assassinated.
||Bob Moses and COFO
Federated Organizations) announce the Mississippi Summer Project to
blacks to vote.
|February, 15, 1964
||Founding meeting of
Knights of the Klu Klux Klan of Mississippi.
|April 24, 1964
||KKK burns crosses at
locations across Mississippi.
||Michael Schwerner and
speak at Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Neshoba County and urge its
congregation to register.
|June 14, 1964
||Andy Goodman and
volunteers attend training session for Summer Project volunteers in
Ohio. Also in attendence are CORE members Schwerner and Chaney.
|June 16, 1964
||Armed KKK members
of Mt. Zion Church.
|June 17, 1964
||Klan burns Mt. Zion
the ground. It is one of twenty black churches in Mississippi to
be firebombed in the summer of 1964. FBI begins investigation into
bombing codenamed "MIBURN", for "Mississippi burning."
|June 20, 1964
||Schwerner, Chaney and
drive from Ohio to the CORE office in Meridian, Mississippi.
|June 21, 1964
drive to site of burned church in Neshoba County. On their way
to Meridian, they are arrested by Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price and taken
to the county jail in Philadelphia, Miss. In a conspiracy with at
local members of the Klan, Price releases the three from jail at 10
The civil rights workers' station wagon is overtaken on a rural road,
three are beaten and shot and their bodies buried in an earthen dam.
|June 22, 1964
||The FBI begins its
into the disappearance of the three civil rights workers. Joseph
Sullivan is appointed to head the investigation.
|June - July, 1964
||The FBI interviews
Mississippians, including an estimated 500 members of the KKK.
|June 23, 1964
Attorney General Robert Kennedy and others to discuss an Administration
response to the crisis in Mississippi.
|June 24, 1964
James Farmer, John Lewis, and Dick Gregory meet with Neshoba County
|July 2, 1964
||LBJ signs the Civil
of 1964 into law.
|July 10, 1964
||J. Edgar Hoover
arrives in Jackson
to open a Mississippi office of the FBI.
|July 31, 1964
||The FBI learns the
of the bodies.
|August 3, 1964
||A search warrant is
to look for bodies in an earthen dam at the Old Jolly Farm.
|August 4, 1964
||Bodies of Schwerner,
and Goodman are discovered.
|October 13, 1964
||Klan member James
his involvement in the conspiracy to the FBI and agrees to cooperate in
|November 19, 1964
||Klan member Horace
and describes actual shootings.
|December 4, 1964
||Nineteen members of
are arrested and charged with violating the civil rights of Schwerner,
Chaney, and Goodman.
|December 10, 1964
||A U. S. Commissioner
charges against the nineteen.
||A federal grand jury
reindicts the nineteen.
|February 24, 1965
||Judge William Cox
indictments (except as against Price and Sheriff Rainey) on grounds
the conspirators were not "acting under color of state law."
||The United States
reinstates the original indictments, overruling Judge Cox.
|February 28, 1967
||A new grand jury
|October 7, 1967
||The trial of the
|October 18, 1967
||The case goes to the
|October 20, 1967
||The jury returns
guilty against seven conspirators, nine are acquitted, and the jury is
unable to reach a verdict on three of the men charged.
|December 29, 1967
are sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to ten years.
|March 19, 1970
the seven convicted men enter federal prisons.
|September 8, 1970
||Two of the
conspirators are badly
beaten by black inmates in a federal prison in Texarkana.
||Cecil Price is