The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the adoption and rerouting of a trail up Goodman Mountain (2,176 feet) in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest (part of the Bog River Complex) in honor of Andrew Goodman, a civil rights worker murdered on June 21, 1964.
Local historian William Frenette of Tupper Lake led a successful effort to have the peak named Goodman Mountain in 2002. The Goodman family built and lived in a stone house near the outlet of the Bog River at the south end of Tupper Lake that still stands today.
Goodman was helping register African Americans to vote near Philadelphia, Mississippi, as part of the Freedom Summer project of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) when he was abducted by members of the Ku Klux Klan along with Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney.
Court records opened in 1998 show that Mississippi’s paid spy A.L. Hopkins provided information about Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner’s license plate number to the state’s Sovereignty Commission who forwarded the information to the Neshoba County Sheriff. After arresting the men on trumped-up charges, Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price, a member of the Klan, followed them in his patrol car, pulling them over again and turning them over to local Klansmen. The three civil rights workers were beaten, shot, and killed, and buried in a nearby earthen dam. Price and six co-conspirators were later convicted of federal civil rights violations but acquitted of murder. In 2005, Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of the the lesser charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to sixty years in prison.
The Goodman Trail will start at Lumberjack Spring on Route 30 between Tupper Lake and Long Lake where an informal trail currently follows an old road for about a mile to a herd path marked with flagging and paint blazes that leads north-west to Goodman Mountain.
The new trail plan includes the construction of a bridge over Cold Brook and development of a six-car parking lot at the Lumberjack Spring trailhead.
Photo of the view of Coney Mountain from Goodman Mountain (courtesy DEC).