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The state has approved a privately funded historical marker to be erected near the site of the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers whose deaths were depicted in the movie "Mississippi Burning."

Herb Anderson, program director at WKXI-AM, a black-oriented station in Jackson, launched efforts in February to raise money for the marker. The station so far has raised about $1,000.Elbert R. Hilliard, executive director of the state Department of Archives and History, confirmed in a letter received by the station Friday that the marker had been approved, but he said no decision had been made on the location. The ideal spot would be along a state highway, Hilliard said.

Anderson said the marker may be along Mississippi 21 near the earthen dam where the bodies of the three men were found.