Monday, August 13, 2012

Alumnus Unearths Stories from the Prison Graveyard

Dr. Frank Wilson stands among the headstones at the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery.
SHSU Alumnus Dr. Frank Wilson is writing a book about the Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville.

The Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville is the final resting place for inmates who died in the Texas prison system and were unclaimed or whose families simply could not afford to bring them home, including infamous Serial Killers Henry Lee Lucas and two-time Death Row Inmate Kenneth McDuff as well as Kiowa Indian Chief Satanta, imprisoned in 1874 for leading raids on Texas settlers.

But those are not the stories Dr. Frank Wilson wants to tell. The SHSU Ph.D. graduate and assistant professor at Indiana State University is writing a book about “America’s common ground” found among the headstones on a quiet hill on Bowers Boulevard, just a few blocks from Sam Houston State University and the Walls Unit. . . . read more

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