AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | Freedom Summer
On the occasion of the Goodman Mountain Trail Dedication by New York State’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation, The Wild Center invites the community to a screening of the American Experience Documentary FREEDOM SUMMER.
2:00 PM - Screening at Wild Center’s Flammer Theatre “Courtesy of Mountain Lakes PBS”
4:00 PM - Community Reception
5:00 PM - Conversation with David Goodman& North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann about the disappearance and murder of his brother Andrew Goodman in the summer of 1964.
These events are open and free to the public.
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Andrew (Andy) Goodman, whose family were longtime summer residents of Tupper Lake, joined Freedom Summer ‘64 to register African-Americans to vote.On Andy’s first day in Mississippi, he and two other civil rights workers,James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. The story of these three young men struck a public chord that galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 2002, United States Board on Geographic Names approved then Tupper Town Historian Bill Frenette’s application to rename a local mountain to commemorate Andrew Goodman’s Adirondack ties.This summer, a new trail has been opened so the public can forever enjoy hiking on Goodman Mountain.