Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse
This interactive production is made possible with funding from Asylum Arts, City of Fort Worth Diversity and Inclusion Department and Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Co-sponsored by Fort Worth Bike Sharing and
Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice.
*Trigger warning: references to racial violence
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse is a group bike and car tour to the sites associated with the lynching of Mr. Fred Rouse in Fort Worth, TX, on December 11, 1921. The tour is accompanied by a downloadable, augmented reality app that can be used in each of the five sites to better understand the story of Mr. Rouse’s murder at the hands of a White mob.
The goal of the tour is to generate community healing through memorial activism. Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse invites participants to ask the questions, “What, how, why, and whom do we remember?”
The 2020 tour dates are December 4-6, 12, & 13. Each tour will begin at 1:30pm. The tour is socially distant and lasts approximately two hours. Following the tour, DNAWORKS will host a Community Storygathering on Zoom from 5:00-6:00 pm for audience members to process the tour experience together and share stories of resistance, resilience, and healing.
You can take the tour either by bicycle (Fort Worth Bike Sharing is donating free bikes for the tours) or in your own car. Reservations are free-of-charge.
CONTEXT AND PHILOSOPHY
In the 1920s, Fort Worth, TX had one of the largest Ku Klux Klan memberships in the United States. Klan members paraded openly through downtown Fort Worth dressed in full regalia. The murderers of Mr. Rouse, arriving in a caravan of cars, kidnapped him from City & County Hospital before killing him. And after Mr. Rouse was hanged, hundreds of people drove to the site of the lynching to witness the result of the murder.
With Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse, we work to dismantle racism and undo the effects of anti-Black racial terror violence by coming together and physicalizing liberation. We do this by caravaning through the same streets and reversing the actual route, riding bikes and driving cars openly to remember Mr. Rouse. Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse is both an event to memorialize as well as to reclaim space and one another.