'Mississippi Burning' Medal of Freedom - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

'Mississippi Burning' Medal of Freedom

James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (Source: Wikipedia) James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner (Source: Wikipedia)

Three civil rights workers who were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in 1964 are going to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the honor makes some of their relatives uneasy.

The workers were in Neshoba County, Mississippi, to look into a church burning when they were shot by Klansmen. The FBI launched a massive investigation that it dubbed "Mississippi Burning," and the three bodies were found 44 days later, buried in an earthen dam.

Relatives of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman say everyone killed during the civil rights movement should be honored, and they hope the award doesn't relegate the movement to history books because it's as relevant as ever.

President Barack Obama will preside over the ceremony Monday.

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