This work honors the victims of the 1964 Mississippi Burning case in which three young Civil Rights worker — James Earl Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman — were murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
The cover is rendered from primary documents produced by the FBI early on in its investigation of the Mississippi Burning case, and speaks to a book object that is witness to a particular historic moment. The proportions of the page spreads are all designed from the specific proportions of the Spectrum Monotype typeface used across the piece. This edition, rooted in the typographic design traditions of fine press work, makes use of non-precious materials and structures to better reach and travel between its readers. All throughout, the design of this book object works in service of the story printed across its pages, and invites readers to engage its narrative with careful intention.
As a collaborative work that asks for the participation of its readers, this piece offers as a point of departure for individuals looking to engage with questions of race and social injustice. Indeed, the conclusion of the narrative poignantly asks of its readers to consider their place in the ongoing work towards social justice in the United States of America. In the end, Andrew Goodman Was Late challenges the conventions of reader-interaction and asks that, as holders of the story with which they’ve grown familiar, readers inscribe their names into the book as the chapbooks travel from person to person — thus creating a record of individuals who have received, contemplated, and transmitted the story.