5/14 Memorial Commission

5/14 Memorial Commission Updates 

BACKGROUND: The 5/14 Memorial Commission was established in the fall of 2022 by Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Byron W. Brown to plan a memorial that honors the lives lost and the lives impacted by the racially-motivated mass shooting that took place at the Jefferson Avenue Tops Friendly Markets on May 14th, 2022. The commission consists of residents, local artists, faith-based leaders, business leaders, and family members of those whose lives were lost and were impacted by the mass shooting.

Public Comment and Participation: Several public meetings took place throughout the summer and fall months of 2023. The public meetings combined with the 5/14 Memorial Public Survey are just a few of the ways the commission is working to engage the public on this project.

5/14 Memorial Commission Members

Chair Reverend Mark Blue, Buffalo Chapter NAACP President

Diane Colgan, Senior Vice President, Tops Friendly Markets

Jonathan Dandes, Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Dr. Norm Lewin, Buffalo Arts Commission

Larry Stitts, Jefferson Avenue Business owner

Garnell Whitfield, Family Member

Fragrance Harris Stanfield, Survivor

Zeneta Everhart, Family Member

Steven A. Carmina, President, Carmina Wood Design

Tiffany Gaines, Curatorial and Digital Content Associate, Burchfield Penney Art Center

Special gratitude to the following: Dr. Amitra A. Wall, associate Provost at Buffalo State College University, James Bachwitz, president of JRBInsights, and Laura Quebral director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), Bart Roberts UBRI deputy director and the rest of their team for their work with the 5/14 Memorial Survey.

5/14 Memorial Commission’s Mission Statement

“The mission of the 5/14 Memorial Commission is to respectfully develop a living and lasting memorial that will honor the survivors and the lives lost during the racially motivated mass shooting in East Buffalo. The living memorial will embrace the wishes of the families, honor the legacies of their loved ones, reflect the wishes of those who lived through the experience, and provide ongoing transparency and comfort to members of the community.”

The 5/14 Memorial Commission will follow a process that will help accomplish this mission.

  • The commission will be transparent as decisions are made.
  • The commission will inclusively and respectfully involve members of the families.
  • The commission will engage in public comment and input.
  • The commission will provide periodic updates to the public.
  • The commission will involve the Jefferson Avenue community and the community at large.
  • The commission will fully vet the type of memorial and the site of the memorial.
  • The commission will educate the public about race relations and civil rights.
  • The commission will designate a person or persons who are accountable for communications with the public.

View Past 5/14 Memorial Public Engagement Meetings

Questions/ Media Requests

If there are any questions for the Commission or media requests, please email 514memorial@buffalony.gov