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Cole hopes a better future awaits his grandchildren
Lee Cole, a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, remains hopeful that his grandchildren will never experience the horrors of a society divided by color.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Historian sees coalition’s efforts as a model for the state
Leslie McLemore wants to use the Philadelphia Coalition’s efforts in Neshoba County as a statewide model for racial reconciliation and problem-solving.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Neshoba acknowledges '64 murders
The mother of a civil rights worker murdered here 40 years ago this week said at a commemoration on Sunday she never thought she would be happy to be in Neshoba County.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Mississippi transitioning
I have always believed in my hometown and I have believed deeply in my state, so I was not among those who thought Sunday would never come. To me, it was just a matter of when.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Great grandson experiences civil rights movement
Seven-year-old De’Andre Cole stared in amazement at his great-grandfather’s picture displayed on the bulletin board in the front foyer of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Excerpts from Barbour speech
Excerpts from remarks made by Gov. Haley Barbour on June 20:

It is all together fitting and proper for us to be here today to remember a terribly evil event. I'd say Mississippi is a wonderful place and America is the greatest and best country in the history of the world. Early on, philosophers like Alex de Tocqueville recognized that American is great because its people endure. American's greatness results from the people's goodness and so shall it ever be. Unless we forget, evil things can and do happen in good places and in great countries. To remember that openly and honestly is a deterrent against other future evils. When John Winthrop wrote that the new land for which he was leading his band of devout Christian settlers should be like the Biblical city on a hill, he not only meant it should be a positive earthly example to all around it, he also meant that the community would and should be totally open to observation and scrutiny so that all living in Massachusetts Bay colonies would conduct themselves as if every deed would be seen by their neighbors, friends and foes as well as by Almighty God.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Student from England notes positive side of movement
Katherine Cecil may have been raised over a thousand miles from Philadelphia, Mississippi, but she was still able to comprehend the significance of the positive tenor present in Sunday’s activities.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Auburn student brings son to experience civil rights event
Rebecca Woodham brought her eight-year-old son from Brundidge, Ala. to Philadelphia so he could “understand” the sacrifices three young men made half a lifetime before he was ever born.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Goodman’s brother feels at home in Philadelphia
David Goodman was 17 when his older brother Andrew was murdered on a dark, dusty Neshoba County roadside.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Shirley Nichols finds a seat on the back row
Shirley Nichols arrived almost an hour early for the Mt. Zion commemoration service. But instead of grabbing a seat near the front of the church, she settled into one of the 40 or so green upholstered chairs set up behind the sanctuary’s wooden pews.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Excerpts from James Young speech
Excerpts from remarks made by James Young, president of The Neshoba County Boardof Supervisors, on June 20:

I want you know here today that you are looking at a different county, a different set of people. A people who are not ruled by a small, ignorant, evil bunch of people. A people who would not intimidated, not be afraid to speak and recognize that what was done 40 years ago was evil, performed by ignorant men we didn’t know which way to go.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004
Excerpts from Dick Molpus Speech
Excerpts from remarks made by Dick Molpus on June 20:

This is an historic day for a number of reasons. First, we are seeing a remarkable display of unity and connection from the citizens of Philadelphia and Neshoba County. As Dorie Ladner said, I just never thought I would see it. As I looked in the June 2nd edition of the Neshoba Democrat and there’s Jim Prince and Leroy Clemons standing together and Leroy Clemons saying, “it’s time for the sun to shine through the clouds.” I watched with pride as Mayor Rayburn Waddell presented the resolution from the City of Philadelphia and the equally strong resolution passed with the splendid leadership of James Young.
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Thursday, June 24, 2004


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