Fayetteville Proclaims Black Lives Matter With Street Mural

Jun 29, 2020

Murals are being painted around the Market House in Fayetteville where enslaved people were sold in the 1800s. Some residents have called for the building to be torn down.
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A street mural with an anti-racist message will make its debut in Fayetteville after council members changed their minds about what slogans should be used.

For the past few days, artists have been working on painting the phrases "End Racism" and "Black Lives Matter" to surround the Market House in downtown Fayetteville.

Fayetteville City council members originally wanted broader slogans like "Choose Love," but their choices drew pushback from the community.

The murals are being painted around the Market House, a historically controversial site. Enslaved people were sold here in the 1800s and recently two men set it on fire. Some residents are calling for it to be torn down.

Mural painting is happening in Durham, Greensboro and across the nation in the wake of George Floyd's killing by police last month.

Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said these murals are a way of honoring Floyd, who was born near Fayetteville.

"I think that he fulfilled his purpose to bring America to this point” he said. “This is pushing our country forward for progress. So I think this highlights his life and his significance to the City of Fayetteville."