5/14 Memorial Commission
5/14 Memorial Commission Updates
The 5/14 Memorial Commission invites designers (e.g., architects, landscape architects, artists, engineers, etc.) and/or teams of such individuals, to submit concept designs and associated project narratives for a permanent memorial to commemorate the lives lost and lives impacted as a result of the racially motivated mass shooting that took place at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue May 14, 2022 in Buffalo.
Key Dates and Information
- The 5/14 Memorial RFS Released to Public: October 3rd.
- Q&A Submission Period: October 3rd – October 23rd
- Deadline for Submitting Questions: October 23rd.
- Answers for Q & A posted 514memorial.com: October 30th.
- Design Submission Period Begins: November 1st.
- Design Submission Period Ends: 4 p.m. / December 18st
- The Part 1 submissions will be reviewed and the short list to be invited to participate under Part 2 of the process will be selected by January 23, 2024.
- Additionally, the 5/14 Public Participation Survey is still open throughout the month of October.
- Electronic submissions are preferred. The link to upload your submission will be active beginning on November 1, 2023. Applicants will be required to first register on this webpage and fill out an online information form prior to uploading a submission.
- Hardcopy Submissions: If applicants lack the ability to submit electronically, hardcopy submissions will be accepted, but must be accompanied by an electronic version of the submission in Adobe Acrobat© (.pdf) format on a jump drive.
- Hardcopy submissions should be mailed to: 5/14 Memorial Concept Design City Hall 201 65 Niagara Square Buffalo, NY 14202 Email Address for Questions: email@example.com Project Website: www.514memorial.com
Public Comment and Participation
Several public meetings took place throughout the summer and fall months in 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. The Commission offers a 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 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
Julia Bottoms, Visual Artist & Exhibitionist, Albright Knox Gallery
Fragrance Harris Stanfield, Survivor
Zeneta Everhart, Family Member
Steven A. Carmina, President, Carmina Wood Morris
Tiffany Gaines, Curatorial and Digital Content Associate, Burchfield Penney Art Center
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.
5/14 Memorial Commission Meeting Minutes * Commission meetings are not open to the public. Public attendance is welcomed at the public engagement meetings. *
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 2-27-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 3-20-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 4-17-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 4-24-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 5-22-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 6-20-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 6-5-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 7-25-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 8-21-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 9-18-23
- 5_14 Memorial Committee Meeting Minutes 10-16-23
Questions/ Media Requests
If there are any questions for the Commission or media requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org