“Say Their Names” mural in Springfield drawing attention amid protests

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The name of George Floyd is prominently displayed among the dozens comprising the “Say Their Names” mural in Springfield’s Mason Square.

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The mural was completed late this past week on the wall facing Rutland Street on the Martin Luther King Family Services building. 22News spoke with the community center’s president and CEO, Ronn Johnson, who said that some positive impact has been immediate.

“Talking with folks who are coming down from the hill towns, people who are coming from the suburbs, because they’ve seen it on 22. And they want to see it in person,” Johnson said. “We’ve had conversations and a very diverse group of people that have come through, not just folks from the neighborhood, but from across the city and beyond coming down to be with.”

Describing the mural as inspiring, Johnson said we acknowledge they were human beings, that every one of these individuals within the past 12 months, their lives were snuffed out by unnecessary police brutality.

“And that’s powerful,” Johnson added. “We know the current situation today, we know what’s happening in the past few months, because they’ve created a powder keg moment for the tipping point to happen in America to have this conversation about race and racism.”

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