FBI building named for civil-rights workers, agent

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The new FBI headquarters in Mississippi will be named for three civil rights workers killed in the state in 1964 and a veteran FBI agent who led the investigation into their deaths.

President Barack Obama signed a bill Thursday designating the “James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and Roy K. Moore Federal Building” in Jackson.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson said Friday it’s a fitting tribute because the four men “committed their lives to fighting for justice and equality.”

Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were working to register black voters in Neshoba County when they were kidnapped and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in the “Mississippi Burning” case.

Moore established the first FBI field office in Mississippi after the three men disappeared. Moore also investigated other civil-rights era crimes.