Citizens of Jasper, Texas have grappled for more than 20 years with the memory of an incident when three white men killed a black man by dragging him behind a pickup.
James Byrd Jr. is remembered as the victim of one of the most gruesome hate crimes in US history.
The community, situated about 140 miles northeast of Houston near the Texas-Louisiana border, is trying to move on from its gruesome past.
JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him.
The 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. was one of the most gruesome hate crimes in US history, and it gave the company president pause in the discussions about where to locate his firm's newest facility. Local clergy and community leaders made their case that the town of 7,600 people is not defined by a murder that happened almost 21 years ago.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Elon Musk sent a $100K Tesla Roadster to space a year ago. It has now traveled farther than any other car in history.See Also:Yellow vest protests set fires through Paris days after massive Notre Dame blazeOregon county pays $100,000 to employee who sued over Blue Lives Matter office flagA man in Texas was arrested after he was filmed calling an AT&T employee a 'f---ing Arab' and saying he had been 'killing his kind' for 'almost 20 years'