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 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.
Jasper, Texas: The Healing of a Community in Crisis focuses attention on the strength of Jasper’s community—a subject often overlooked when the eyes of an international audience were focused on the gruesome crime and subsequent turmoil. The exhibition offers photographs of the idyllic Huff Creek Road, its residents, and the church where Byrd’s battered body was discovered. Other photographs layer the account of the murder with a narrative of how Jasper ministers used their relationships with each other and with their congregations to keep the incident from becoming a catalyst for more violence.
Photographs featured in the exhibition can be viewed at Sarah Wilson Photography.
Jasper, Texas was organized by Dr. Ricardo Ainslie in collaboration with documentary photographer Sarah Wilson, and aided in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
|Content||28 framed silver gelatin prints (12.25” x 25.25”)|
|Space Requirements||80 linear feet of wall space|
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 2 anvil case with wheels:|
|Rental Period||6 weeks|
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