Freedom Summer 1964

Freedom Summer 1964 (HM21C7)

Location: Oxford, OH 45056 Butler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 30.107', W 84° 43.581'

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In what was called the "Freedom Summer" of 1964, more than 800 volunteers, most of them college students, gathered at the Western College for Women (now Western Campus of Miami University) to prepare for African-American voter registration in the South. Three of the volunteers - James Chaney of Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner of New York - disappeared on June 21, 1964, in rural Mississippi mere days after leaving Oxford, Ohio. Their bodies were discovered forty-four days later, buried in an earthen dam. Ku Klux Klan members were later convicted on federal conspiracy charges. Erected in 1999, this outdoor amphitheater is a memorial to the slain activists, other volunteers, and ideals of the Freedom Summer movement.
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HM NumberHM21C7
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2000
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Oxford NAACP, Miami University and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 695491 N 4374930
Decimal Degrees39.50178333, -84.72635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 30.107', W 84° 43.581'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 30' 6.42" N, 84° 43' 34.86" W
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Area Code(s)513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 678-684 Western College Dr, Oxford OH 45056, US
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