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November 10, 2002
Lawrence Andrew Rainey Sr., 79, the former county sheriff whose acquittal in the murders of three civil rights workers was chronicled in the movie Mississippi Burning, died Friday in Meridian, Miss. His wife said the cause was throat cancer. Neshoba County sheriff from 1963 to 1967, Mr. Rainey was charged with civil rights violations for allegedly conspiring to kill James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in 1964. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam a few miles from the church; the men had been beaten and shot.
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By John Moreno Gonzales and John Moreno Gonzales,NEWSDAY | June 24, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - His past as a spiritual leader of this town stripped away and replaced with an inmate's jumpsuit, 80-year-old Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced yesterday to the maximum of 60 years for the killing of three civil rights workers in 1964. Judge Marcus Gordon ordered the penalty against the former Ku Klux Klan leader for the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. He said Killen was receiving 20 years of punishment for each man. "The three lives should absolutely be respected and treated equally," Gordon said, in a legal principle that is echoed in the principles that the rights workers advocated.
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By Lianne Hart and Lianne Hart,LOS ANGLES TIMES | June 17, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Testimony in the murder trial of former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was put on hold yesterday when the 80-year-old was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, complaining of a "smothering sensation" in his chest. Doctors at Neshoba County General Hospital said they treated Killen for high blood pressure likely related to injuries he sustained in March when a tree he was cutting toppled on his head and broke both legs. Though Killen's condition is "not serious," he was to spend the night in the intensive care unit as a precaution, said Dr. Patrick Eakes, the internist who is overseeing Killen's care.
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By Lianne Hart and Lianne Hart,LOS ANGLES TIMES | June 17, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - Testimony in the murder trial of former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was put on hold yesterday when the 80-year-old was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, complaining of a "smothering sensation" in his chest. Doctors at Neshoba County General Hospital said they treated Killen for high blood pressure likely related to injuries he sustained in March when a tree he was cutting toppled on his head and broke both legs. Though Killen's condition is "not serious," he was to spend the night in the intensive care unit as a precaution, said Dr. Patrick Eakes, the internist who is overseeing Killen's care.
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By John Moreno Gonzales and John Moreno Gonzales,NEWSDAY | June 24, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - His past as a spiritual leader of this town stripped away and replaced with an inmate's jumpsuit, 80-year-old Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced yesterday to the maximum of 60 years for the killing of three civil rights workers in 1964. Judge Marcus Gordon ordered the penalty against the former Ku Klux Klan leader for the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. He said Killen was receiving 20 years of punishment for each man. "The three lives should absolutely be respected and treated equally," Gordon said, in a legal principle that is echoed in the principles that the rights workers advocated.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2003
Weinberg remembered As a tribute to the late Carol Weinberg, who had five plays produced by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival before her death from cancer at age 54 two years ago, the Vagabond Players is reviving its 2000 production of Weinberg's Freedom Summer. Set in 1964, the drama, which opens tomorrow, stars Lynda McClary, re-creating the lead role of a bored housewife who becomes increasingly drawn to the plight of the three young civil rights workers -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner -- who disappeared during a voter registration drive in Mississippi.
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By GREGORY KANE | January 12, 2005
IF MICHAEL Schwerner had never come to Baltimore in 1963, would he have died in Mississippi in 1964? In the summer of 1963, Schwerner was among the hundreds of demonstrators who sought to desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. "It was the first demonstration he ever participated in," said Taylor Branch, who has written two books in a trilogy he's doing on the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was finishing the third even as I interviewed him. In August 1964, Schwerner's body was found in an earthen dam along with those of James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 21, 2000
Now that the Baltimore Playwrights Festival is producing its fifth play by Carol Weinberg, audiences know they can expect certain things. Her dialogue will have a natural-sounding flow. Her characters will be recognizable. And her themes will be serious and relevant. All of these characteristics apply to Weinberg's "Freedom Summer," currently receiving a forceful production at the Vagabond Players. Although the play is set in 1964, when the civil rights struggle was raging and women's liberation was just a glimmer, the play's central theme of taking a stand and acting on your beliefs will never be dated.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 10, 1999
James S. Farmer, a principal founder of the Congress of Racial Equality and the last survivor of the "Big Four" who shaped the civil rights struggle in the United States in the mid-1950s and '60s, died yesterday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., where he lived. He was 79.Mr. Farmer had been in failing health for years, losing his sight and his legs to severe diabetes."He was an authentic activist willing to challenge obscene laws and unfair customs through nonviolent direct action," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | August 10, 2000
Baltimore Playwrights Festival veteran Carol Weinberg returns to the festival this summer with a play grounded in the Civil Rights struggle. "Freedom Summer," which opens tomorrow at the Vagabond Players, tells the story of a housewife from Queens, N.Y., whose commonplace existence is upset by the disappearance of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, three young men who volunteered to register voters in Mississippi in 1964. Lynda McClary stars as the housewife, and Matthew Bowerman portrays Goodman.
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By GREGORY KANE | January 12, 2005
IF MICHAEL Schwerner had never come to Baltimore in 1963, would he have died in Mississippi in 1964? In the summer of 1963, Schwerner was among the hundreds of demonstrators who sought to desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. "It was the first demonstration he ever participated in," said Taylor Branch, who has written two books in a trilogy he's doing on the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was finishing the third even as I interviewed him. In August 1964, Schwerner's body was found in an earthen dam along with those of James Chaney and Andrew Goodman.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2003
Weinberg remembered As a tribute to the late Carol Weinberg, who had five plays produced by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival before her death from cancer at age 54 two years ago, the Vagabond Players is reviving its 2000 production of Weinberg's Freedom Summer. Set in 1964, the drama, which opens tomorrow, stars Lynda McClary, re-creating the lead role of a bored housewife who becomes increasingly drawn to the plight of the three young civil rights workers -- James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner -- who disappeared during a voter registration drive in Mississippi.
NEWS
November 10, 2002
Lawrence Andrew Rainey Sr., 79, the former county sheriff whose acquittal in the murders of three civil rights workers was chronicled in the movie Mississippi Burning, died Friday in Meridian, Miss. His wife said the cause was throat cancer. Neshoba County sheriff from 1963 to 1967, Mr. Rainey was charged with civil rights violations for allegedly conspiring to kill James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in 1964. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam a few miles from the church; the men had been beaten and shot.
FEATURES
By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 21, 2000
Now that the Baltimore Playwrights Festival is producing its fifth play by Carol Weinberg, audiences know they can expect certain things. Her dialogue will have a natural-sounding flow. Her characters will be recognizable. And her themes will be serious and relevant. All of these characteristics apply to Weinberg's "Freedom Summer," currently receiving a forceful production at the Vagabond Players. Although the play is set in 1964, when the civil rights struggle was raging and women's liberation was just a glimmer, the play's central theme of taking a stand and acting on your beliefs will never be dated.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 10, 1999
James S. Farmer, a principal founder of the Congress of Racial Equality and the last survivor of the "Big Four" who shaped the civil rights struggle in the United States in the mid-1950s and '60s, died yesterday at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va., where he lived. He was 79.Mr. Farmer had been in failing health for years, losing his sight and his legs to severe diabetes."He was an authentic activist willing to challenge obscene laws and unfair customs through nonviolent direct action," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
FEATURES
August 4, 2001
In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings but was acquitted at trial. In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality. In 1944, Nazi police raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested eight people - including 15-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became a famous account of the Holocaust. In 1964, the bodies of civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 17, 2005
ATLANTA - Mississippi's attorney general has challenged a judge's decision to grant bail to former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen, who was freed from prison Friday, less than two months into his 60-year sentence. Killen was convicted in June of three counts of manslaughter in the 1964 deaths of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. In an emergency petition to the state Supreme Court, submitted Monday night, Attorney General Jim Hood argued that Killen, 80, remains a violent and dangerous man. Hood said that a Killen relative made death threats against Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon and that an anonymous caller threatened to bomb the courthouse.
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