Council Member Debi Rose announces NYC's second 'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural
The city’s second “Black Lives Matter” street mural will be painted this Thursday and Friday on Richmond Terrace between Borough Hall and the 120 Precinct, Council Member Debi Rose announced.
"This mural will send a long-overdue message to all that Black lives do matter on Staten Island,” said Council Member Debi Rose. “This stretch of Richmond Terrace is the gateway to Staten Island, flanked on one side by the ferry terminal, and on the other by our houses of government, law enforcement and justice. I secured this location for maximum prominence and visibility for a message that needs to be heard loud and clear.”
The Department of Transportation will stencil the mural on Thursday, June 18, and local artists will come together on Friday, June 19, to paint the mural. Richmond Terrace will remain closed to vehicular traffic from June 18 through June 26.
Mayor de Blasio announced on June 9 that every borough of New York City would receive a Black Lives Matter mural and a street co-naming. The completion of the mural on Friday will mark the annual celebration of Juneteenth, now a holiday for New York State employees.
“When this is finished, it will be the most momentous celebration of Juneteenth many of us have seen in our lifetimes,” said Council Member Rose. “As we celebrate the end of slavery in this country, we will also observe what many of us believe is a turning point in the ongoing struggle for full equality.”
“The painting of Black Lives Matter is a tangible symbol of the work we must do to make this motto a reality for all people of color,” Council Member Rose added. “This mural will serve as a reminder to all in positions of power — from justice to law enforcement — that our lives do in fact matter.”
A street co-naming will come later in the year, pending City Council legislation to officially designate a corner near the mural with the words “Black Lives Matter.”