We recently heard from Laura Gossman from the UU Community of Casper, WY who authored the successfully Faithify-ed project, “Rev. James Reeb Hometown Memorial Mural” which raised over $10,000! Here’s what she says:
This project was a fantastic interfaith and community collaboration, and we couldn’t be more pleased at the outcome. We are so thankful to all the UUs across the country who contributed to this project! In the end, we contributed $10,000 to the Mural, and $422 to the Reverend James Reeb Memorial Scholarship Fund at Casper College.
The Reverend James Reeb Memorial Mural was revealed on August 28, 2019. Artist Tony Elmore beautifully captured Reverend Reeb’s life journey, his compassionate service, as well as his collaborative social justice work. Also depicted on the mural, arm in arm marching, are Rev. Orloff Miller, Rev. Clark Olsen, Annie Lee Cooper, Jimmie Lee Johnson, and Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. So we have three UU ministers on this incredible mural in downtown Casper! The well-attended August 28th reveal was followed by a reception and a panel discussion featuring Reverend Reeb granddaughter Leah Reeb, Wyoming author Ammon Medina, and the two hosts of the NPR serial podcast “White Lies” Chip Brantely and Andrew Beck Grace.
Our UU Casper service on August 25, 2019, told Rev. Reeb’s story, and we were happy to welcome Rev. Reeb’s widow Marie Reeb to that service, as well as three other Reeb family members and Rev. Libby Hugus from our partner church, The Table. Rev. Reeb was also recognized during our Casper International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21st. Still in process is a short film and Mural website.
Pictures and more information can be found at our UU Casper Mural webpage, and a video of the reveal and additional pictures can be found at our Facebook page. Local media coverage of the event before and after was excellent.