Rita Schwerner

Rita Schwerner

Before she was known as Rita Schwerner Bender, Rita - together with her husband, Mickey Schwerner - was a civil-rights worker in Mississippi. 

When she learned that her husband had disappeared, she wrote his name - and that of James Chaney and Andrew Goodman - on a board with the this word next to each: 


Her husband's body stayed "missing" for more than a month until it was located on August 4, 1964. 

Forty-one years later to the day Rita's husband was kidnapped and killed, Edgar Ray Killen - a former KKK member - was convicted for his role in the three murders. 

Media Credits

Photo of Rita Schwerner, online courtesy Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH).


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