Black Lives Matter Mural Outside City Hall is Getting a Refresh

You can get an up-close look at the refresh while the street is shut down through Tuesday, June 21.

click to enlarge Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural. - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural.


The Black Lives Matter mural outside City Hall is getting a touchup.

Black Art Speaks, the non-profit behind the mural's creation, will be on Plum Street Wednesday June 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. refreshing the outline of each letter in the mural. The project will be open to the public and will feature live music from DJ Monet and Cleocrt. A protective coating will be applied to the mural on Thursday June 16 from 
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Traffic on Plum Street will be shut down between Eighth and Ninth streets through 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 21 so people can get an up-close look at the mural.

click to enlarge Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural being painted. - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural being painted.

The Black Lives Matter mural, similar to those seen in cities including Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, was unveiled in 2020 on Juneteenth. A unanimous ordinance was passed by Cincinnati City Council to install the mural. The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, Black Art Speaks, ArtsWave and ArtWorks partnered to make the mural happen; Alandes Powell, board member of Urban League, initiated the project.

Organizers from Black Art Speaks have written and published a coffee table book about the mural's creation, featuring commentary from the artists and photos.

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