- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) - Eighteen markers will be unveiled in and around Meridian to showcase the East Mississippi city’s civil rights history.

Dede Mogollon, executive director of Meridian and Lauderdale County Tourism, tells WTOK-TV in Meridian (http://bit.ly/1liUqV6 ) the event kicks off with an 8 a.m. breakfast June 17 at the Riley Center. The first marker will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. in the city’s African American Business District at the intersection of 25th Avenue and 5th Street.

Other markers will tell the history of sit-ins and boycotts, the role the city’s Jewish community in civil rights, meeting places of civil rights workers and role of local church congregations and the gravesite of James Chaney.

Chaney, of Meridian, was one of three civil rights workers ambushed and killed on June 21, 1964, in Neshoba County.

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Information from: WTOK-TV, http://www.wtok.com

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