Query: *
Matthew Shepard Papers
Creators:
Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998
Dates:
1976-2019, undated
Size:
14.1 Cubic feet (43 boxes, 1 map folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1463
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The papers of Matthew Shepard (1976-1998) a gay man who was a victim of a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming October 1998 resulting in his death. His death gained national and international attention leading to the formation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and eventual passage of federal hate crime legislation (The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act), signed into law in October 2009.

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