FORT WORTH

LYNCHING TOUR

Made possible with funding from:

Asylum ArtsCity of Fort Worth Diversity & Inclusion Department,

DuBose Family Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and an

Anonymous Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation

Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

*Trigger warning: references to racial violence

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 2021 tour dates are Saturdays and Sundays, March 27th

thru May 1st. Each tour will begin at 1:00 pm. The tour is socially

distant and lasts approximately three hours (the bike tour

is a little longer). As part of the tour, DNAWORKS will host a

Community Storycircle for participants to process the tour experience

together and share stories of resistance, resilience, and healing.

Participants can take the tour either by bicycle (Fort Worth Bike Sharing

is donating free bicycle rentals for the tours) or in their own cars.

Reservations are pay-what-you-can.

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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 that the Klan did and reversing their route, riding bicycles 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.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Concept and Choreography

Adam W. McKinney

Director

Daniel Banks

Music

Third Wind Productions (Maritri Garrett and David Winder)

Graphic Design

Troy Lambert

App Design

Digital Ant Media

Tintype Photography

Will Wilson

Associate Producer

Jiles King

Production Associate

NaTasha Thompson

Production Manager

Jamelyn Ebelacker

Production Assistant

Lauren Huynh

Sound Engineering

Michael Billow and Gregg Powers

 

Fort Worth Lynching Tour Community: Honoring the Memory of Fred Rouse 

Community Circle of Leaders and Supporters

Tori Adams

Amphibian Stage Productions

CityEquity USA, Inc.

Ayesha Ganguly/Windows on Your World
Tammy Melody Gomez, Sound Culture

MiShon Landry, CEO, Inclusive Leadership Institute

LGBTQ SAVES

Ministers Justice Coalition of Texas

Near Southside Arts

New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church

Tamara Payne/Ensemble Coworking

Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 

The Projects Group

Third Space DFW

Estrus Tucker, DEI Consultants, LLC

Texas Christian University Race and Reconciliation Initiative
Teresa Coleman Wash, Bishop Arts Theatre Center

 

Guest Artists:

Edykah Chilome, Julienne Greer, Sedrick Huckaby, Jordan Jones, Opal Lee, Pastor Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.