On November 19, 1999, with all three trials behind them and justice done, the family of James Byrd Jr. held a quiet memorial in a Jasper cemetery.
Byrd's parents and his sisters placed a wreath decorated with black, white, and red on his grave. It was called a "symbol of the healing process." Byrd's sister said that the healing has taken place not just for her family but "for the Jasper community and the world."
Little did she know, the ramifications of that June night would create new hate crime legislation in her brother's name.