Fannie Lee Chaney was hailed as the
grandmother of the Mississippi civil rights movement during her
funeral today (Saturday) in Meridian.
The 84-year-old mother of a slain civil rights worker was
instrumental in the recent conviction of Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar
Ray Killen and worked throughout her life to push for social
Community, state and national leaders attended the funeral,
paying tribute to a woman many called "Momma Chaney."
Chaney was thrust to the forefront of the civil-rights movement
when her son, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman
were killed in the so-called Mississippi Burning case of 1964.
The men were killed after helping to register black voters
during what was called Freedom Summer.
When Killen was brought up on charges in 2005, Chaney testified
at his trial.