National Cathedral dedicates plaque honoring hate crime victim Matthew Shepard

The Washington National Cathedral has installed a plaque memorializing the life of Matthew Shepard, who was killed in an infamous 1998 attack that galvanized support around expanded federal hate crime laws.

The plaque was installed Tuesday at the Episcopal cathedral after Shepard’s remains were interred there last year in the columbarium near the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea.

“Matt, rest gently in this place. You are home safe now,” the plaque quotes from Bishop Gene Robinson’s 2018 homily.

In a news release, Shepard’s mother said that the family put
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