Matthew Shepard Memorial Bench – Laramie, Wyoming - Atlas Obscura

Matthew Shepard Memorial Bench

University of Wyoming

It is the only marker for one of the most famous hate crimes in American history. There are no other memorials for him in the entire state. 

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Despite Matthew Shepard’s murder being one of the most impactful and memorable crimes in American history, there are no memorials marking the event besides this small plaque on a bench.  The bench is outside the Arts and Sciences building on the University of Wyoming campus, where Shepard was a student.

Often the bench has flowers and mementos left by people coming to pay their respects. A plaque on the bench reads: “Matthew Wayne Shepard December 1, 1976 - October 12, 1998. Beloved son, brother, and friend. He continues to make a difference. Peace be with him and all who sit here.” 

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