Local volunteer artists will paint a special “Black Lives Matter” mural next week at the intersection of Main and Court Streets in the city of Cortland.
Mayor Brian Tobin says that will close the intersection from 8 pm Monday until 7 am Tuesday (June 29-30).
Motorists are advised to use alternate travel routes while the work is ongoing, however community members in the area are encouraged to walk by and show their support.
“Over the past several weeks, the community has spoken- we believe everyone is entitled to the same level of respect, and to equal opportunities. By painting Black Lives Matter, we continue to send the message that we will listen to everyone’s voice, and move Cortland forward together,” said Mayor Tobin. “Residents are encouraged to engage in dialogue with one another about the topic of race in America, and to actively listen to other’s experiences.”
Common council approved a resolution on June 16 asking the Mayor to determine where “Black Lives Matter” could be painted on a city street in order to show their support of the nationwide movement.
The initiative was first requested – and is now being personally funded – by a member of the local community.
Work is expected to begin at 10 pm on Monday and conclude by 1 am on Tuesday.
Should inclement weather affect that, a rain date is planned for the following day under the same time parameters.