Elizabeth City mayor presents Black Lives Matter proclamation during City Council meeting

North Carolina

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Elizabeth City’s mayor presented a Black Lives Matter proclamation during the City Council meeting Monday evening.

The proclamation includes a dedication of the Black Lives Matter mural project. The project will paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on the length of Colonial Avenue outside City Hall.

City Council voted 5-1 on May 24 to move forward with the street art project idea, which was brought forward by Councilman Darius Horton.

The deadline for voting on the favorite artist rendering is Wednesday at 6 a.m. Residents can vote here.

Horton said the city needs to send a message to those still upset by the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. by county sheriff’s deputies back on April 21.

The street art is similar in concept to other murals that have been painted in cities across the country.

Painting by volunteers — including the top six artists and the winning artist — will begin on Saturday, June 19 — Juneteenth — after a memorial waterfront walk and prayer breakfast. Both events are open to the public.

It will be unveiled to the public on July 3 with a community picnic, music, fireworks and vendors.

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