It appears the City of Tallahassee is moving forward with painting a Black Lives Matter mural at the intersection of Gaines Street and Railroad Avenue.
Greg Tish, a radio host with RealTalk 93.3, posted a picture of the intersection yesterday.
In addition, upon an inquiry from WFLA 100.7 host Preston Scott, Mayor John Dailey confirmed the move. Dailey said, “Yes, we had a discussion at the last meeting and we were all in support of the project. Reese Goad could provide the details.”
TR reviewed the meeting minutes from the last City Commission meeting and discovered that both Commissioner Williams-Cox and Commissioner Richardson addressed the issue.
Commissioner Williams-Cox stated “that she has been working with the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and the Communications Department regarding the placement of some type of signage located in the downtown area that reflects “Black Lives Matter.””
Commissioner Williams-Cox “voiced the need to ensure people know that “this is our new normal.””
Commissioner Richardson noted a partnership between the Refuge House and the Anderson Brickler Gallery and their proposal for a mobile mural design with the “Black Livers Matter” lettering. Commissioner Richardson stated there may be other local artists that wish to submit a concept that could be used.
Also, at the meeting, Mayor Dailey announced that he was in favor of creating a “Black Lives Matter” statement in our community.
The issue has not yet been voted on by the City Commission.