James Chaney

James E Chaney
James Earl Chaney

(1943-05-30)May 30, 1943
DiedJune 21, 1964(1964-06-21) (aged 21)
Cause of deathMurder
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom (posthumous)

James Earl Chaney (May 30, 1943 – June 21, 1964), from Meridian, Mississippi, was one of three American civil rights workers who was murdered during Freedom Summer by members of the Ku Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. The others were Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner from New York City.

Early life

Chaney was born in Meridian, Mississippi, the elder son of Fannie Lee and Ben Chaney, Sr. His brother Ben was nine years younger, born in 1952, and he had three sisters, Barbara, Janice, and Julia.[1] His parents separated for a time when James was young.[citation needed]

James attended Catholic school for the first nine grades. At the age of 15 in high school, he and other students began wearing paper patches reading "NAACP", to mark their support for the national civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, founded in 1910. They were suspended for a week from the segregated high school, because the principal feared the reaction of the all-white school board.[citation needed]

After high school, Chaney started as an apprentice in a trade union with his father.[citation needed]

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