Activists call for preservation of Bed-Stuy Black Lives Matter painting

Activists came together to call for the preservation of a Black Lives Matter painting in Bed-Stuy Monday.

News 12 Staff

Sep 14, 2020, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,348 days ago

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Activists came together to call for the preservation of a Black Lives Matter painting in Bed-Stuy Monday.
The painting on Fulton Street was put up by activists back in June, and many members of the community say this is an important symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, some local businesses are also saying it’s hurting them financially.
On Monday, community members demanded it become a permanent pedestrian plaza dedicated to the movement. They are claiming the stretch of Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn avenues as their own, saying it should become holy ground for future generations to remember Black New Yorkers killed by police.
The plaza stretches several hundred feet in length - with the Black Lives Matter message in huge yellow letters.
It also lists the names of victims of police brutality.
Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, and Nicole Bell, widow of Sean Bell, attended the rally. Carr, Bell, Brooklyn Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr., Rev. Kirsten John Foy and others addressed the concerns some have raised about inconveniences caused by having a pedestrian plaza in the space.
Some businesses have said that the lack of traffic and transportation is hurting their bottom line. In response, the activists said they will continue fighting to keep this space the way it is.
News 12 reached out to the Department of Transportation, the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, and the mayor’s office to find out what their plans are for the space but has not heard back yet.


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