Central Park Five

The Central Park Five (2013) documents the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.

  • The Central Park Five | Ken Burns: Central Park Five

    Explore images of the explosive story and news coverage surrounding the Central Park Five. In 1989, a woman jogging in New York City's Central Park became the victim of a horrible, violent crime. What followed was the arrest and conviction of five teenagers, who were falsely accused of the crime. The trial and media coverage raised important questions about race, class, and the failings of the criminal justice system. 

    Grades: 10-12