‘Gate of the Exonerated’ – Central Park Five to be honored by New York City

Mayor Eric Adams called the project’s approval Monday “a moment of truth and reconciliation for New York City” and thanked Harlem community leaders for their advocacy.

News 12 Staff

Dec 13, 2022, 6:14 PM

Updated 584 days ago

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New York City officials voted to honor the Central Park Five by naming the 110th Street entrance of Central Park the Gate of the Exonerated.
The Central Park Five, also known as the exonerated five, were teens of color who were wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a white woman back in the 1980s. Since then, they have become important figures in the fight against wrongfully incarnated youth in America.
The unveiling ceremony will take place on Dec. 19.
The so-called Central Park Five — Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson, both 14 at the time, 15-year-old Antron McCray, 16-year-old Korey Wise and Salaam — served six to 13 years in prison before their convictions were thrown out in 2002. Evidence linked Matias Reyes, a murderer and serial rapist, to the vicious attack that left its 28-year-old victim, who is white, with permanent damage and no memory of the assault.
Mayor Eric Adams called the project’s approval Monday “a moment of truth and reconciliation for New York City” and thanked Harlem community leaders for their advocacy.
“The Gate of the Exonerated symbolizes the resiliency of the Exonerated Five and all those who have been wrongfully convicted and serves as a lasting reminder of the grave miscarriage of justice that took place more than three decades ago,” he said in a statement.
Other entrances to the park have been labeled to reflect groups of people who live and work in the city, with names like Artisans’ Gate, Scholars’ Gate and Strangers’ Gate.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report.


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