With giant yellow letters spanning the road, artists were set to complete a “Black Lives Matter” mural over a 500-foot section of Washington Street in Roxbury on Sunday, according to organizers and Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office.
The two-day project, which began Saturday morning, stretches from the corner of Palmer Street in Nubian Square to the front door of Black Market, the business organizing the painting.
The business said the street mural by Paul “Mar” Chapman and Lee Beard was the first in a series aimed at “reclaiming Nubian Square as one of the country’s most black historical sites.” The mural includes a Pan-African flag.
“#BlackLivesMatter is not just another hashtag for Black Bostonians,” Black Market said in a statement. “It is a call to action, an attitude, and an axiom that bravely stands on the shoulders of the former Roxbury-based Civil Rights activists, artists, and world thought leaders Malcolm X, Coretta Scott, Martin Luther King, Melnea Cass, and Marcus Garvey to name a few.” King, Scott, and X all spent time in Boston, while Cass was a well-known activist in the city.
The series of mural projects, called the Nubian Square Public Art Initiative, will also feature artists Pro-Blak, Chanel Thervil, and Mikey Janey, according to the statement.
The mayor’s office said the section of Washington Street where the mural was being painted would be closed until 8 p.m. Sunday.
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