BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in the Vermont town of Bennington have approved the creation of an “All Black Lives Matter” street mural in front of the town offices.
The select board voted unanimously on Monday to allow the mural by a local group of artists, advocates and other volunteers, the Bennington Banner reported. Several residents said during the teleconference meeting that they opposed the idea or wanted action delayed to allow more public comment.
Artist Mary Gerisch, of Rights and Democracy-Bennington, said the design is based on a mural in Los Angeles that added the word “all” to “Black Lives Matter” to symbolize inclusion of Black people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and all people who have felt marginalized through their mistreatment by police or authorities.
Black Lives Matter murals have been painted on main streets in Burlington and Montpelier amid protests nationwide sparked by the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a handcuffed Black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck.