Called the "peculiar institution" by one scholar, the death penalty is a central part of social, economic and cultural history in Texas. Yet, the experiences and voices of those most directly affected are rarely included in accounts or sought out by those researching, debating or developing policy.
Texas After Violence Project explores the death penalty using oral history and digital storytelling. Learn more about our name, our process and our methods and the oral histories that are at the core of our work.
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Look out for TAVP's remembrance tour. TAVP expects to host a tour in 2014-2015 to encourage people to identify and donate their personal archives of the death penalty to our partner, the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at UT-Austin. As an oral history project, we are concerned with individual and communal memory and the material culture related to those memories. We will host workshops where people can share their personal archives of documents and photos, share thoughts about those archives and learn about the procedure to donate those materials to an institutional archive through a Deed of Gift.
Rev. Jeff Hood completed a 200-mile pilgrimage across Texas on June 19 2014 to generate discussion about the death penalty.
On June 20, 2014, he stopped by the TAVP office to record his reflections on the pilgrimage and the life journey that led him there. You can listen to his full one hour reflections on our one-on-one page or at our YouTube page.