The Norristown Municipal Council has approved a Black Lives Matter painting downtown, across from the Montgomery County Courthouse, writes Justin Heinze for the Patch.
The artistic installation will read “Black Lives Matter” and will be completed by a group of community volunteers who will also help cover the cost.
“This is just another message for people to understand where we want to go, how we want to go, and be unapologetic about it,” said Council President Derrick Perry said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re here, in 2020, still talking about Black Lives Matter.”
The specifics regarding the painting are still being ironed out. But if it becomes more than just words then additional zoning approvals would be required. However whatever the final outcome, the financial cost of the installation will not be a burden to taxpayers, according to councilman Hakim Jones.
And while some residents have expressed opposition to the painting saying that the borough administration should be apolitical and act in an unbiased and bipartisan manner, council members stressed that the issue was not about partisanship but civil rights.
The council has also expressed support for the peaceful protests taking place in Norristown over the last several months.
Read more about the artistic installation at the Patch by clicking here.
You Might Also Like