PROJECT HIGHLIGHT | Remnants of 1965
Remnants of 1965 presents Fort Worth’s rich culture and diversity by commemorating an important moment in history to inspire and remind us of what it took for us to get where we are today. The three glass panels that make up this piece were inspired by historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram photographs of the peaceful demonstration for Civil Rights which took place on the steps of the municipal court building in 1965. By referencing these photographs, the work illustrates the unity exhibited in our past which has significantly impacted our present time.
Two years after the demonstration, the City of Fort Worth’s anti-discrimination ordinance was adopted – the first civil rights ordinance passed in the State of Texas. The ordinance, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, established the City’s Human Relations Commission, which advises City Council and the City Manager on matters involving racial, religious, and ethnic discrimination; recommends measures designed to eliminate prejudice and discrimination; and, promotes and encourages communication and cooperation between all groups interested in bettering community relations.