PHOTOS: Black Lives Matter mural being painted in Harlem

Sonia Rincon
July 03, 2020 - 2:11 pm
Black Lives Matter mural Harlem

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Members of the Harlem community began work on a Black Lives Matter mural—one of two being painted in the city on Friday.

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“Black Lives Matter” was being painted in yellow on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, between 125th and 127th streets. Because the boulevard has a median, the message was being painted twice—once on each side in different directions.

Rev. Al Sharpton said the mural was a message to the world from Harlem.

“Black lives always mattered here,” Sharpton said. “The rest of the world is catching up where we’ve always been in Harlem. When we paint it, we’re painting it only to signify and solidify what we always lived.”

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Sixteen community groups took part in the event, which was organized by Harlem Park to Park, founded by local female business leaders like Tren'ness Woods-Black of Sylvia’s restaurant.

“As we paint this ground today, know that the paint represents the blood of our ancestors,” Woods-Black said. “The paint represents Sean Bell. The paint represents George Floyd. The paint represents Breonna Taylor.”

Harlem Park to Park Executive Director Nikoa Evans said “the Black Lives Matter message is more than just a slogan to put paint to pavement.”

“Harlem, we embody what Black Lives Matter means,” Evans said. “We are the spirit of Black Lives Matter. We are the epicenter of what this culture represents and what we’ve contributed to the world.”

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Mayor Bill de Blasio was among the elected leaders who took part in the painting of the mural, which is expected to be completed in about three days.

Another Black Lives Matter mural was to be painted in Foley Square downtown. The three-block long mural will stretch northwards from the Manhattan Municipal Building to the New York Supreme Courthouse.

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Two Black Lives Matter murals have already been painted in Brooklyn—in Bedford-Stuyvesant and near Brooklyn Borough Hall.

De Blasio said another Black Lives Matter mural would be painted right in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in the coming days.

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