TCCPJ is actively involved in a growing number of projects and activities that promote anti-racist education and mutual understanding within Tarrant County and surrounding communities. Since 2019, events have centered around the story of Mr. Fred Rouse, who was lynched in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. His story is featured on the website and can be found HERE.
As part of EJI’s Community Remembrance Project, TCCPJ led a Community Remembrance Soil Collection Ceremony on December 11, 2019. As part of the ceremony, TCCPJ gathered soil from the site of the racial terror lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse and placed the soil into two jars. One jar was sent to Montgomery, Alabama, to be included in the Legacy Museum’s archive of jars of soil from racial terror lynching sites from across the country. The other jar remains in Fort Worth and is used to promote education.
TCCPJ also participates in EJI’s Historical Marker Project. As part of this project, EJI installs historical narrative markers in public spaces describing the devastating violence that took place in each location. An EJI Historical Marker will be installed at The Mr. Fred Rouse Memorial on December 11, 2021, as part of the centenary events to memorialize Mr. Fred Rouse.
TCCPJ works closely with DNAWORKS whose “Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse” takes groups on bike and car tours to the sites associated with the 1921 racial terror lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Mr. Fred Rouse Memorial: TCCPJ partnered with the Rainwater Charitable Foundation to purchase the site of of the racial terror lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse. TCCPJ is in the initial planning stages of The Mr. Fred Rouse Memorial. TCCPJ’s goal with the project is to reclaim this historical site of trauma and use the site as a foundation for community healing and memorization.