Philadelphia was the site of one of the most notorious killings of the civil rights era. On June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers (James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, 20, and Michael Schwerner, 24, both activists from New York) were shot to death at the edge of town. The killings inspired the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
In May of 2009, James Young was elected mayor. Young was the first African American mayor of Philadelphia, Mississippi.
The city of Philadelphia is located
( 113 km )
--- heading 62o (east-northeast) from Jackson.
At the time of the 2000 census, the city of Philadelphia had a population of 7,303 living in 2,950 households. The median age was 36.5 yrs.
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