...ppi’s Klu Klux Klan was sentenced to prison. The arrogant Judge Cox had been humbled. "The Mississippi Burning Trial” was the first trial in Mississippi history where white jurors found white men guilty of crimes against “outsiders, niggers, and nigger lovers”.
"The Mississippi Burning Trial: United States vs
The play takes its revamped title from the Mississippi Summer Project that culminated in the famous Mississippi Burning Trial in which three civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi by members of the KKK. The Mississippi Summer Project was "an effort that would bring hundreds of college-age volunteers to 'the most totalitarian state in the country' [and] was announced in April, 1964" (). The murders of the activists involved a deliberate targeting of human rights workers in Mississippi by law enforcement officers (who were also members of the KKK) and, as the following account of the findings of the jury reveals, justice was barely done:
(1967)." The Mississippi Burning Trial: United States vs
(The Mississippi Burning Trial)