It takes a village

We are making history as we prepare to unveil the Gate of the Exonerated at the Northern edge of Central Park, along 110th Street, at Harlem’s gateway. This will be the first naming of a Gate since the park’s founding, more than 150 years. More significantly this momentous dedication represents all who have been Wrongfully Incarcerated and Exonerated, everywhere. This Gate of the Exonerated is directly inspired by the tragic experiences of the Exonerated 5; Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Anton McCray and Korey Wise. As well as the relentless collective effortsof Sharonne Salaam, Mother of Yusef Salaam along with Community Board 10 of Manhattan and from the previous Manhattan Borough President, today Honorable Council Member Gale Brewer.

The rest is history with Community Board 10 and it’s dedicated Parks and Recreation Committee leading the way with Ms. Sharonne Salaam and Ms. Stephanie McGraw of W.A.R.M who engaged the Board after initially meeting with the Central Park Conservancy Parks Department and the Manhattan Borough President approximately two years ago.

We simply want to say thank you to all those who given there time energy, relentless care and agape Love.

Beginning with: Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Anton McCray, Korey Wise and Sharonne Salaam

We want to thank Community Board 10, Justice 4 the Wrongfully Incarcerated, NY Parks Dept., Central Park Conservancy, NYPL, Harlem NYC Educators, Office of the Borough President, All the Community Boards, Innocence Project, Nation of Islam, Harlem Network News, the Central Park 5/Exonerated 5 and their families.

Names And Organization of Mention

Cicely Harris - Community Board 10 Chair
Shatic Mitchell Community Board 10 Manager
Karen Horry - Community Board 10 Chair
Parks and Rec
Stephanie Palmer Community Board 10
Tahani Aboushi Esq - Community Board 10
Shanelle Washington - Community Board 10
Former Member
Wilma Brown - District Leader
Community Board 10
Terri Wisdom - Harlem Network News
Community Board 10 Former
Sharonne Salaam - Justice 4 The Wrongfully
Yusef Salaam - Exonerated Five
Aisha Salaam Justice 4 the Wrongfully
Prince Hunt Justin 4 The Wrongly Incarcerated
Mathew Washington - Task Force Chair
John Reddick - Central Park Conservancy
Karina Smith - NYC Parks Deputy
Keisha Sutton- James - Deputy Manhattan BP
Dalill Muhammad - Nation of Islam
King Downing - WBAI
Rev. Joann Santana

More Acknowledgments

Democratic Chair Keith Wright
Senator Cordell Cleare
Council Member Gale Brewer - Former MBP
Athena Moore - MBP Chief of Staff Harlem
Aisha Jihad Grace / Author Activist
Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III - Posthumously
Reverend C. Vernon Mask
Abiodun Oyewole - The Last Poets
Poet Laureate
Reverend Akanke Rhonda McClean- Nut
Baba Donald Eaton - Drummer/Educator
The Young Bloody Singers Society
Sonia Simmons / Singer/ Activist
The Schomberg Center
Board of Ed District 5
Lane Addonizio - Central Park Conservancy
Omowale Clay, Photographer – Amsterdam News
Wolf and Raven Design in
collaboration with
and Countless Others