Reverend James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister and martyr of the American Civil Rights Movement, grew up and began his ministry in Casper, Wyoming. Through July 27, 2019, in partnership with The Table, the Reeb family, and other Casper community groups and individuals, the Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper is raising funds through the UUA crowdfunding site faithify.org for a James Reeb Memorial Mural in downtown Casper. This unique public art project promotes Reverend Reeb’s legacy of service and social justice activism, a life-long journey that began right here in Wyoming.

Reverend Reeb was murdered in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, after answering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nationwide call for religious leaders to come south to march in support of voting rights. The story of his murder and its aftermath of failed justice can be heard on the new NPR podcast “White Lies.”

What is not so widely known is that James Reeb grew up in Casper, Wyoming, attended Natrona County High School and Casper College, and served as a Presbyterian minister in Casper before his faith journey led him to Unitarian Universalism and to civil rights activism. Eventually Reverend Reeb’s call to ministry and activism took the Reeb family to the Roxbury area of Boston where he worked for fair housing and advocated for people living in poverty.

Marie Reeb, Reverend Reeb’s widow, still resides in Casper along with many of his extended family, and yet much of the Wyoming community is unaware of his legacy and this important Wyoming connection to America’s Civil Rights Movement.

As public art accessible to all, the James Reeb Memorial Mural will beautifully introduce his story of service and social justice activism to a larger audience. The project also includes a website, short film, and several public events later this year to heighten access and engagement with Reverend Reeb’s legacy. The mural’s public unveiling will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019. Reverend Reeb’s story will also be shared at an August 28th story telling event at The Table and at UU Casper’s August 25th Sunday service. In addition, Reverend Reeb will be honored at Casper’s International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2019.

We have set a goal of raising $10,000 of the estimated $30,000 total cost of the Mural Project (mural, website, film, and public events). The mural project fundraiser runs through July 27, 2019 on the Unitarian Universalist crowdfunding site “Faithify,” which uses an “all or nothing” fundraising model. Please act soon to help meet our goal! To find out more and donate online go to faithify.org.

Thank you for your participation in this exciting and worthy project!