Mississippi Burning | 1988
Alan Parker’s fictionalised account of the investigation into the deaths of three Civil Rights workers in the Sixties caused much controversy by placing white – and fictitious – FBI agents at the centre of the story.
The story is based on the murder of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney in Philadelphia, East Mississippi, in 1964.
‘Jessup County’ sheriff’s office and the courtroom were Vaiden Courthouse. The town of Vaiden is about 80 miles north of Jackson but, unfortunately, the old courthouse was demolished in the early 90s.
The town square of ‘Philadelphia’, though, is LaFayette, northeast of Montgomery, Alabama, near the Georgia border. The movie theatre was given a $25,000 makeover – it’s been closed since the Sixties and is now actually an auto supply store.