Best Of 2021

Best Literal Street Art: Black Lives Matter mural

Black Lives Matter mural progress

This past Juneteenth, Cincinnati’s Black Lives Matter mural — located literally on Plum Street outside of City Hall between Eighth and Ninth streets downtown — was officially unveiled and dedicated. Each letter of the elaborate and collaborative artwork was led and designed by local Black artists and painted with a team of assistants. The ordinance to install the mural, which passed unanimously through city council, also declared this speech the official speech and message of the City of Cincinnati. “It will officially be the speech of this city — that Black lives matter — which I think is important and powerful,” said council member Greg Landsman at the time. “It’s also a reminder for us every day, perhaps more importantly — as it will be permanent — that we have an enormous amount of work to do to eliminate those disparities across the board.”