In light of Black History Month, Mayor Joe Schember dedicated a day to a staple African American in Erie’s history. During his weekly press meeting, the mayor making a proclamation in memory of Robert Benjamin Wiley.
February 7th in Erie will now be known as ‘Benjamin Wiley Day’. Wiley passed away 15 years ago, but Schember says that you can see his fingerprints all around Erie still through today.
As the mayor read the proclamation, he was joined by Wiley’s family and 30 students from the R. Benjamin Wiley Charter School.
Wiley’s Grandson Shelby Wiley also making a statement during the dedication. “It’s really eye-opening… It’s crazy how much he has done for the community. He has influenced a lot of people…”
Erie Rise also spoke during the dedication, saying they will be ending Black History Month with a tour of their facilities. They will be transforming their halls into a museum filled with artwork in honor of the month.