Jasper, Texas: The Healing of a Community in Crisis

On the morning of June 7, 1998, the body of James Byrd Jr. was discovered in front of an African American church near Jasper, Texas. James Byrd was the victim of a hate crime that shocked and devastated the small East Texas town. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition explores the impact of the murder on the community and emphasizes the vital role local ministers played in keeping the peace in the days and months following Byrd’s death. For more information, contact the Freeport Historical Museum at 979.233.0066. 

February 6–
March 19, 2012
Freeport Historical Museum
311 East Park
Freeport, TX 77541


Map of event location
Huff Creek Road, Photograph by Sarah Wilson.