Rev. Gray broke barriers and lived an authentically diverse life. He worked, worshipped, socialized and strategized—truly and closely—with people of diverse backgrounds.
Rev. Gray remained rooted in his community while seeing the wider world as an extension of it. Despite global travel and broad responsibilities he stayed close to the people and community he loved.
Rev. Gray’s monumental efforts to successfully fight for funding for Amtrak when he was in Congress saved an institution that has provided countless jobs to the communities Amtrak serves.
The railroad station located at 2955 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, commonly known as “30th Street Station”, shall be known and designated as the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station”.
Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the railroad station referred to in section 1 shall be deemed to be a reference to the “William H. Gray III 30th Street Station”
JUNE - AUG 2014
H.R. 4838 introduced by Representative Chaka Fattah and co-sponsored by the entire Pennsylvania delegation. Unanimously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. President Obama signed the renaming into law on August 8, 2014.
2016 - 2017
Foundation leadership and Philadelphia community leaders begin outreach to Amtrak in a formal campaign calling on Amtrak to agree on a process and timelines for the renaming of the station.
JUNE - AUG 2017
Launched social and traditional media campaign and secured support of national and local stakeholders, government officials, community and private-sector leaders. See pieces from our media campaign in: CBS Philly, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Philadelphia Business Journal, Philly Voice, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun, and Curbed Philly
SEPT 29, 2017
Campaign convenes public press event calling on Amtrak with approximately 100 supporters from across Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, including Senator Casey, Current and Former Mayors, State Representatives, City Council, and Community Leaders.
Amtrak’s CEO, Richard Anderson, committed Amtrak’s full and speedy compliance in transitioning to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.
Finalizing MOU with Amtrak and SEPTA Capital Campaign raising $2M to complete the Gray 30th Street Station Memorial.
The Gray Memorial Foundation is the 501c3 entity that will enter into agreement with Amtrak.
The Foundation is working now to negotiate cost-sharing for an anticipated budget of approximately $2M*
The Foundation's Capital Campaign is raising funds to turn the station into a fitting, living memorial. Costs include:
Physical signage – design and installation costs
An artistic installation representing Bill Gray's achievements
Donor recognition plaque
A public campaign to promote Bill Gray's important contributions among the Philadelphia community and Amtrak ridership
Rededication and groundbreaking event
Administrative and fundraising costs
Finalize a Memorandum of Understanding with Amtrak