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The Life of Matthew Shepard to be Represented at National Museum

Matthew Shepard

Judy Shepard to send personal items representing the life of her son to The National Museum of American History.

The National Museum of American History will receive a donation from Judy and Dennis Shepard representing the life of their son Matthew Shepard who died due to severe injuries he sustained during a vicious attack in October 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming.

The Shepards will donate personal papers highlighting Matthew’s school life from elementary through college, theater scripts, photographs, correspondence and notebooks, as well as a number of objects, including a child-sized Superman cape, sandals, a wedding ring, and purple ribbon award.

Students from George Mason University’s School of Theater will perform excerpts from The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project during the ceremony on October 25. 

This news follows the announcement that Shepard's ashes will be moved to the National Cathedral. 

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