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Black Lives Matter mural in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C. (PHOTO: Facebook/Black Lives Matter Maastricht)

Black Lives Matter mural coming to Harambee

Local artists will paint a Black Lives Matter street mural near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Locust Street in the Harambee neighborhood.

The public is invited to help paint the mural during a Juneteenth community art event on Friday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks will be provided and social distancing will be encouraged during the event.

The City of Milwaukee commissioned the project, and artist Vedale Hill will lead the effort.

"Part of the reason why we selected that location is its proximity to the police district and the area which has been ground zero with all of the unrests which has occurred," Alderwoman Milele Coggs told CBS 58. "Many of the marches have started on King Drive, and though we've seen some buildings be disturbed and that kind of thing, we wanted to use art as a healing tool to demonstrate something beautiful."

The mural is being sponsored by Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, WestCare Wisconsin, Walmart, X-Men United and Athena Communications.

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