Friends Dedication of the WALTER MILLER III MEMORIAL SCULPTURE GARDEN - 13 West 119th Street
SATURDAY, June 29th

Casa Frela Gallery invites the community to the Dedication of the Walter Miller III Memorial Sculpture Garden on Saturday, June 29th, 2013, 12 to 2pm at the garden on 13 West 119th Street.

After the Dedication ceremony refreshments will be served, as we celebrate the inspiration for the garden, Walter Miller III, as well as the transformation of the strip of land entrusted to Founder and Director of Casa Frela Gallery Lawrence Rodriguez, by Green Thumb.

Rallied by Lawrence Rodriguez, friends and neighbors have come together to bring life and art to the garden, to honor great friend and neighbor, Walter Miller III. Mr. Miller was one of the Founders of the 119th Street Block Association and a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Force. His love and life-long dedication to 119th Street and the Harlem community will always be remembered as his legacy lives on. Neighbors, business and friends have donated funds and effort, and The City of New York has issued a grant to get the project started.


Mr. Miller served in the United States Armed forces, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1972. When he returned from service, he began his 30-year career with the New York City Police Department, retiring in 2001. The words “protect and serve” were words he truly lived by; he protected his family and friends and served his community for most of his life with dignity and pride. He encouraged and led by example all the people who were privileged to be a part of his amazing journey. He was biologically the father of one, but throughout the course of his life became a father to many. He challenged these children – many of whom are now adults – to do better in life because he believed in them.

Walter Miller III is survived by his wife Mary Taylor Miller, daughter Candice Miller Braithwaite, son-in-law Jeffrey Braithwaite, granddaughter Sarah Braithwaite, sister Francis Barber, nieces Simone Simmons, Courtney Cousins, Casey Cousins, Marilyn Waller, Chenequa Waller, Danequa Offei, Khiana Kirby and Cierra Womack, nephews David Simmons Jr., Andre Simmons, Corey Cousins and Cameron Kirby, as well as a host of friends.

Casa Frela Gallery is a beacon in the Harlem arts community, celebrating both established and emerging artists, as well as the culture, vibrancy and history that is Harlem.