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.
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.
The Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower of Rosenthal Library, a highly visible borough landmark, is named in their honor.