Dozens of impassioned demonstrators congregated at 6pm in Harlem at the State Building on 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. They gathered on a rainy night in support of a reprieve of the execution of Troy Davis set to take place 7pm September 21st, 2011. The demonstrators marched along 125th Street to Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church where a vigil was held.
Troy Davis was an American death row inmate convicted of the August 19, 1989, murder of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail. During Davis’ 1991 trial, witnesses testified they had seen Davis shoot MacPhail, and two others testified that Davis confessed to them. The murder weapon was never found. Seven of nine eyewitnesses signed affidavits changed or recanted all or part of their testimony.
Troy Davis was executed at approximately 11:10pm September 21st, 2011.