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Schwerner; all three were trying to register African-Americans to vote in the South.
Schwerner and Chaney were on the organizing staff of CORE; Goodman was a "Freedom Summer" volunteer.
The men approached their car, then shot and killed all three young men.
The murders received national attention, and six conspirators were brought to trial and convicted by federal prosecutors for civil rights violations.
Queens College is a liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in 78 majors, master's degrees in 24 departments, 20 doctoral degrees through the CUNY Graduate Center, and a number of advanced certificate programs.
The department's curriculum was originally established by Edwin Stringham, and a later emphasis on the analytical system of Heinrich Schenker was initiated by Saul Novack.
The city planned to house 500 mental patients from Randall's Island Hospital, who were temporarily displaced by the construction of the Triborough Bridge. Colden appointed and chaired a committee to assess the feasibility of opening a free college in Queens.
In September 1935, the committee recommended the establishment of such a college.
The Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower of Rosenthal Library, a highly visible borough landmark, is named in their honor.
In February 2011, Queens College inherited the personal collection of the late James Foreman.
The school's colors of blue and silver were selected by a "Color Committee" drawn from the entering class of students, and were announced at the first school dance, which was held on Wednesday, November 24, 1937.