FBI photographs of slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Schwerner
Despite the passing of years, a number of the most infamous crimes of the civil rights movement—the killing of four young girls in the Birmingham church bombing, the KKK mob murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, the gunning down of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in front of his small children, and the torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till—have been reopened with renewed vigor and prosecuted with impressive results.
It took 30 years, but the murderer of Medgar Evers was finally brought to justice. And a full four decades passed before the courts were able to convict all living perpetrators of the Birmingham bombing. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, about 22 murder cases have been reopened in the South since 1989, resulting in 25 arrests and 16 convictions.
Read more: Civil Rights Cases Reopened: Medgar Evers, Birmingham Church, Emmet Till | Infoplease.com
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