PHILADELPHIA, Miss.— Vandals have painted over a Neshoba County highway sign that honored three martyrs of the civil rights movement.

PHILADELPHIA, Miss.— Vandals have painted over a Neshoba County highway sign that honored three martyrs of the civil rights movement. The Mississippi 19 sign memorialized the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, whose deaths helped fuel the civil rights movement in Mississippi and across the nation. The sign was painted entirely black over the weekend and was taken down Monday for repair. Fent DeWeese, a member of the Philadelphia Coalition, said the vandalism was disrespectful not only to the memories of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, but to all who believe in equality and justice. The Philadelphia Coalition pushed for state prosecution of the killings and also recommended the sign. In 2005, a Neshoba County jury convicted Edgar Ray Killen for orchestrating the trio’s slayings.

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