- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Civil rights veteran and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, is scheduled to speak Sunday during the 50th annual memorial service for three civil rights workers killed in Neshoba County in 1964.

Lewis is a former freedom rider and well-known civil-rights leader. He is the only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington.

The program is 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

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 murders of the three civil rights workers. He is serving a 60-year sentence.

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Information from: Neshoba Democrat, http://www.neshobademocrat.com

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