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Slaughter-Harvey to speak at June anniversary event of civil rights slayings

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PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi — Attorney and civil rights advocate Constance Slaughter-Harvey is scheduled to speak during the 51st annual memorial service for three civil rights workers killed in Neshoba County in 1964.

The program is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in the Longdale community.

Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner were ambushed and later shot by the Ku Klux Klan on June 21, 1964. They were in Neshoba County investigating the burning of Mt. Zion five days earlier.

In 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was convicted on three counts of manslaughter for his role in orchestrating the slayings and received three 20-year consecutive sentences.

Slaughter-Harvey, who in 1970 was the first African American female to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi, practices law in Forest.

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