A Vigil: Remembering the Past, Focusing on the Future

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On a rainy, chilly Friday night, a city came together to mark the 15th year since gay college student Matthew Shepard was abducted, tied to a fence, beaten and left to die by two assailants in Laramie, Wyoming. His murder claimed national and international attention and has become one of the most widely known anti-gay hate crimes in American history.

The Power of Response: Letters and Words that Moved a Nation

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Following Matthew Shepard’s attack in 1998, complete strangers from all over the world reached out to his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, to share their condolences, outrage, grief, love and support. Not Alone: The Power of Response pairs artist Jeff Sheng’s Where Matthew Lay Dying, a hauntingly beautiful composite photograph of the fence outside Laramie with a selection of the letters sent to the Shepard family.