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Peace activist nun who broke into Y-12, Megan Rice, dies at 91

Rice spent two years in federal prison after breaking into Y-12 to protest nuclear weapons when she was 82-years-old.

ROSEMONT, Pa. — Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge to protest nuclear weapons, has died. She was 91.

Rice died of congestive heart failure Oct. 10 at Holy Child Center in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. 

Her activism was heavily influenced by her parents and her uncle, who was in Nagasaki, Japan, for four months after it and Hiroshima had been leveled by atomic bombs. 

Rice called the bombings the “greatest shame in history” and devoted herself to nonviolent protest against nuclear weapons.

 This story was originally reported by the Associated Press.