SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new Black Lives Matter mural was completed earlier Saturday on the side of a building near Stearns Square in downtown Springfield.
The volunteer team of neighborhood residents worked on their Black Lives Matter mural for several hours Saturday. Their canvass, the side of a building on Worthington Street in the heart of the downtown entertainment district.
The first mural on Court Street has been plagued on several occasions by tire-related damage.
City Councilor Tracye Whitfield, who also spearheaded this newest mural, coupled the project with some strong words.
“The defacing of the mural on Court Street has happened three times. The administration has not publicly come out and identified the first person who defaced the mural and they do know who that person is. The mayor, the commissioner, they know,” Whitfield said.
Some of Saturday’s volunteer artists had a hand in the painting of the Court Street mural. They went to this latest project with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm.
“I’m from the community. I think it’s a big statement, very important and happy to be here,” Chauna Ceyhill told 22News.
Saturday’s mural and the Court Street Black Lives Matter artistic statement is pre-dated by the mural completed during the summer at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center building on Rutland Street.
The mural on Rutland Street lists the names of men of color who died at the hands of police over the last 12 months.