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Trail Dedicated to Slain Civil Rights Activist

This summer a few dozen volunteers and Department of Environmental Conservation workers helped build a legacy—a 1.6-mile path to the summit of Goodman Mountain. The trail was officially opened and dedicated to Civil Rights activist Andrew Goodman at the end of August.

More than a decade ago the 2,176-foot mountain overlooking Tupper Lake was named in honor of Goodman, who was murdered in June 1964 by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi, where he had gone to help register blacks to vote. (Two other Civil Rights workers died with him; the shootings inspired the 1988 movie Mississppi Burning.) Goodman Mountain, in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, stands near the Goodman family’s longtime vacation home.

The Goodman Mountain trailhead is about 9 miles south of the village of Tupper Lake (just north of the Coney Mountain trailhead). The parking area is on the east side of Route 30. Read more about Andrew Goodman and other local activists in Adirondack Civil Rights Hall of Fame, from our February 2012 issue.

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