BUFFALO, NY (WNY News Now) – A new memorial will be constructed in Western New York, honoring the life and legacy of the ten Black residents of Buffalo Tops mass shooting, who died in the white supremacist terror attack earlier this year.
Governor Kathy Hochul and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced they are establishing the “May 14th Memorial Commission” in response to the mass shooting at a Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue.
The Commission will develop and advise on the execution of a plan to site and build a physical memorial in East Buffalo to memorialize the life and legacy of the ten Black residents of Buffalo who died in the white supremacist terror attack earlier this year.
“Five months ago, 10 Black Buffalonians were senselessly slaughtered solely because of the color of their skin, and through the May 14th Memorial Commission, we are ensuring that their lives and legacies are honored,” Governor Hochul said. “The May 14th Memorial Commission will create a lasting reminder of the losses we experienced that awful day. While we combat racism in all forms and work towards a future where hatred and bigotry are a thing of the past, the Commission, led by Reverend Mark Blue and supported by partners like Mayor Brown, will have a leading role in uplifting the East Buffalo community.”
With respect to its charge, the Commission will focus on the following topics:
- Siting and Acquiring Land.
- Community and Family Engagement Plans.
- Architect Selection and Design Concepts.
- Memorial Maintenance and Area Beautification.
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