Removal of parts of Cincinnati’s ‘Black Lives Matter!’ mural was planned for safety reasons, but that is being questioned

Drone video showcases 'Black Lives Matter!' mural outside Cincinnati City Hall

CINCINNATI (Cincinnati Enquirer) - Parts of the “Black Lives Matter!” mural in front of city hall were peeled up Sunday morning as part of the plan to reopen Plum Street. But, now those plans are being reconsidered, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The plan was to peel up parts of the mural, like lane lines, before noon Sunday for driving safety reasons, Adonis Powell, who organized the mural, said.

City workers peeled up traffic lane lines on part of the Black Lives Matter mural in front of city hall.
City workers peeled up traffic lane lines on part of the Black Lives Matter mural in front of city hall. (Source: Chris Riva)

There was a render of the mural with the lane lines to make sure the artists were still satisfied with how it looked, Powell, who is a board member of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, said.

The mural was unveiled on Friday and more than 70 Black artists worked on the painting.

Powell has been talking with members of Cincinnati City Council about keeping the section of the street closed, so the mural could remain the same, adding that the council will discuss it on Monday

While some of the mural was being removed, members of the council told them to stop, Powell said, so council members can discuss what they should do next.

City Councilman Jeff Pastor said in a Facebook comment that he talked with council about closing the street.

Greg Landsman, another city councilman, also commented that he put a request in to keep the street closed longer.

If the council decides to keep the street closed, artists will return to repaint the sections of the mural that were torn up.

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