WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — This month marks 20 years since the high profile murder of a gay Casper, WY native, Matthew Shepard. The 21-year-old University of Wyoming student’s death sparked national outrage and conversation surrounding hate crimes in the U.S. LGBTQ groups are working to remember his legacy. Shepard’s parents are shining a bright light on the life of their son. Some of Shepard’s belongings now belong to guests of the National Museum of American History.
“I think he’d be so proud to be here. He just loved museums and history, and now he’s apart of it. It’s just incredible,” said Judy.
The Shepard’s joined a packed house at the Smithsonian Thursday, showing off their son’s favorite items, like his childhood Superman cape, schoolwork, and a preschool diploma. They reminisced about the best of times in Wyoming.
Judy says she sees positive change coming to the Cowboy state, with an influx of Gay Straight Alliance groups.
The Smithsonian says this is a permanent collection that they plan on preserving for future generations. They say as of now there are no plans for an exhibit.