Bogue Chitto, Ms., 2018 The bodies of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman who were working during Freedom Summer were found buried near here in August, 1964. They were murdered after being arrested in Philadelphia, Ms in Neshoba County. When Ronald Reagan won the nomination for President in 1980, his first stop was Neshoba where he gave a speech in support of state's rights. The choice of location for this speech was seen by many as a clear racial bias.
Eulogizing on Reagan's death, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry noted of the incident:
It was bitter symbolism for black Americans (though surely not just for black Americans). Countless observers have noted that Reagan took the Republican Party from virtual irrelevance to the ascendancy it now enjoys. The essence of that transformation, we shouldn't forget, is the party's successful wooing of the race-exploiting Southern Democrats formerly known as Dixiecrats. And Reagan's Philadelphia appearance was an important bouquet in that courtship.