Fannie Lee Chaney laid to rest

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.