The Washington National Cathedral will dedicate a plaque to Matthew Shepard next week, one year after Shepard’s remains were laid to rest in the cathedral.
For 20 years, his ashes were held in private without being interred, in concern that any memorial would be vandalized. After last year’s ceremony, representatives with the Beltway landmark noted that Shepard is among the most notable people interred there, alongside personalities such as Helen Keller, various military heroes, and almost every president of the last century.
The plaque will be presented in the cathedral’s crypt and reads: “Matt, rest gently in this place. You are home safe now, peace be with you and all who visit here.”
Shepard’s mother, Judy, reportedly acted with the church to ensure that her son’s memorial would acknowledge the plight of intersecting communities, including immigrants, minorities, and disabled people. The plaque will include Braille for visually-impaired visitors to the Cathedral.