Charlotte City Council voted 10-1 to reopen the stretch of South Tryon between 3rd and 4th street in Uptown Charlotte that houses the Black Lives Matter Mural. The road officially opens Tuesday, November 10th.
Nearby business owners said their businesses had taken a hit due to the street closure. Councilman Braxton Winston made a motion to keep the street closed to traffic until December 31st. This would allow the city staff to come up with a better plan. Winston was the only person to vote against the reopening. City leaders say they want to find another home for the mural.
Seventeen artists came together over the summer to paint the mural and within days, it was vandalized with black tire marks. That did not stop the artists who came back to fix the damage. I was lucky enough to not only witness these talented artists paint this beautiful mural, I also painted part of the “M” in Matter. Check out some of my pictures below.