The 49th annual memorial service for three civil rights workers killed here in 1964 is set for Sunday.

James Meredith - whose entrance into Ole Miss in 1966 sparked three days of rioting and ended with two deaths - will be the guest speaker at the memorial beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Also speaking during the program will be retired Bishop Clay Lee. There will also be a community wide choir performance.

The public is invited to the annual memorial.

The young men, 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 and received three 20-year consecutive sentences.

The church is 10 miles east on Mississippi 16 and then 2.5 miles north on Road 747.

For more information about the project call Jewel McDonald at 601-656-9720, Jennifer Hathorn at 601-656-7765, Elsie Kirksey at 601-656-8277, Cecil Hooker at 601-656-1007 and Elder Peggy Gibson, 601-656-9437.