From our friends at Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy:
For 160 years, the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery has been the final resting place for many people who died while serving time in Texas prisons. Approximately 3,000 people are buried at this cemetery in Huntsville, either because their families couldn’t afford funeral costs or because no one claimed them.
Our religious and cultural traditions provide teachings, practices, and rituals to help us remember the dead; and to honor the inherent worth and dignity of each human life. On November 2, many in our communities celebrateAll Souls Day or Dia de los Muertos. These traditions offer meaningful ways to honor the dead—even those whose choices in life were not perfect.
On this day of remembrance, we invite you to join with us in remembering those in our community who died in prison—many of whom were poor, and had no family to claim them.
On November 2, 2013, we will gather at the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas to remember the 3,000 men and women laid to rest there. We will mark each gravestone with a single flower in recognition of their humanity, our own fallibility, and our common bond within the community of Texas. Please join us. If you can’t be with us in person, please make a donation to help purchase flowers.
What: Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville: In Remembrance
When & Where: Saturday, November 2, 2013
- 9:00 a.m. – Interfaith Prayer Service hosted at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (700 Highway 30 E, Huntsville, TX, 77320), with light refreshments to follow.
- 10:00 a.m. – Laying of flowers, Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery
“God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female, God created them.” –Genesis 1:27
“Beloved is all humankind for they were made in the image of God.” –Pirkei Avot 3:14
Please help make this event possible! Join us in Huntsville on November 2, 2013, to help us mark each grave with a flower. Financial contributions are also welcome: click here to help us purchase flowers.
Please contact Cindy Eigler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-472-3903 to RSVP, to get more information, or for assistance in organizing a group from your local community.