The recently announced African American Veterans Monument to be located at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park has been approved for a $600,000 New York State Dormitory Authority (DASNY) State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) Grant. African American Veterans Monument Approved To Receive $600,000 Grant
“The committee is thrilled to receive approval by my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for SAM funding of the African American Veterans Monument,” said Hon. Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “Having this commitment takes us closer to our fundraising goal, and is a huge milestone for our committee, and a testament to the long overdue honor of African American Veterans.”
“I thank Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes for her leadership and support for the African American Veterans Monument by securing a New York State Dormitory Authority State and Municipal Facilities Grant ” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “My Administration’s Public Works Department will manage the funds and completion of the project.
This is a huge step toward this first in the nation monument coming to Buffalo’s waterfront to honor our African American veterans of all wars.” Announced on Veterans Day 2017, The African American Veterans Monument will recognize the contributions of African Americans who have served and are currently serving in all five branches of the military, during war and in peace times.
“This donation is huge and will allow us to begin construction,” said Warren Galloway, Committee Chair. “We are still in need of additional funding to close the gaps, so we urge the community and both private and public sectors to support its completion.” Construction of the Monument will begin this spring once the fundraising goal is met. Additional information can be found at Ahttp://www,AVMWNY.org or by calling 716-800-1137.