UC Berkeley Library

Philadelphia, Mississippi.

In June 1964, three young civil rights workers--Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner--traveled to Philadelphia, Mississippi in order to investigate the burning of a black Methodist church. Shortly after their arrival, all three men were murdered and hastily buried outside of town, victims of what is generally acknowledged to be a KKK conspiracy. The tragedy almost immediately turned the town into the focus of intense international media scrutiny; the lives of both black and white townsfolk were irrevocably changed in the process. "Philadelphia Mississippi" investigates these lives thirty years later, and attempts to measure the changes in race relations and social conditions in the town since 1964. 60 min.