You’re Welcome to Pay Tribute to Matthew Shepard
The bronze plaque that honors Matthew Shepard was installed in St. Joseph’s Chapel to mark his final resting place. It mirrors a plaque dedicated to human rights advocate Helen Keller, who lies nearby.
Like Helen Keller, Matthew dreamed and worked for a world full of love and compassion. This memorial plaque was made possible through a global crowd–funding initiative that raised all funds necessary within three weeks.
While there is a nominal entrance fee for visitors touring the Cathedral, there is no cost to any who come to pray or worship at the Cathedral, including those who come to visit this special spot dedicated to Matthew Shepard’s memory.
Photos of the plaque dedication
Photos of the plaque installation
Honoring Matthew Shepard—A Celebration and Plaque Dedication
December 2, 2019
Join Washington National Cathedral and the Matthew Shepard Foundation for a ceremony of inspiration, celebration and song as we dedicate the Matthew Shepard Memorial Plaque. Elevated by a grassroots, crowd-funded campaign in the weeks following Matthew’s 2018 interment in the Cathedral, the plaque is intended to honor Matthew’s memory and to serve as a source of strength in the continued journey for LGBTQ+ equality.
Special guests include Bishop V. Gene Robinson, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, singer/songwriter Mary Lambert and Dennis & Judy Shepard.
This celebration was made possible through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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Washington National Cathedral is honored and humbled to have received the earthly remains of Matthew Shepard, and entrust them to God as we await our entrance into the land of light perpetual and joy eternal in the fellowship of the saints.
Matthew’s death on Oct. 12, 1998, shocked the conscience of the nation and electrified the LGBTQ movement. While Matthew died too young, his death nonetheless gave life to a new generation of activists and allies who are committed to proclaiming God’s love for all of God’s children — no exceptions or exclusions.
October 26, 2018
The Celebration for the Life of Matthew Wayne Shepard
On October 26, 2018 the public was invited to join the Cathedral as we hosted a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, and the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in The Episcopal Church, presided.