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In Remembrance | November 7, 2015

Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas

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 celebrate All 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 7, 2015, 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 help support this event. Make a donation to the Texas Interfaith Center today!

What: Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville: In Remembrance

When & Where: Saturday, November 7, 2015

  • 8:30 a.m. - Interfaith Prayer Service
  • 9:00 a.m. - Laying of Flowers

To RSVP or help us promote the event, please respond on our Facebook Event page.

“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

If you would like to donate to support the event, contact our Membership Director, Sadia Tirmizi.

Further resources: Religious Resources for Criminal Justice Concerns

See all Criminal Justice post.