The Ghosts of 1964


by Sheila R Pierson


The ghosts of 1964 are coming ‘round tonight

Ain’t no one gonna keep them down

When three in Mississippi die


It was supposed to be the Freedom Summer

Three guys working in the South

Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner


Edgar Killen went looking to rid the world of their kind

They got no business in his town

No room for a black man’s rights


A Baptist preacher and member of the KKK

Venom spewing from his mouth

He believed in the Word, he’d say


Trial of his peers, 11-1 favored his conviction

One woman couldn’t condemn a preacher

I wonder, she sleep without a prescription?


41 years to the day of their deaths, a hell of a lot of time

Waiting to see him sitting in a cell

For the depth and pain of his crime?


The ghosts of 1964 will make Killen pay a price

Years passed by their deaths

But Killen’s gonna lose this fight


Cause one day…he’s gonna die.



“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana


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