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Black Lives Matter mural in Greenwood removal starts Oct. 5

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Posted at 8:20 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:58:05-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Black Lives Matter mural in the Greenwood district is being removed starting Monday, Oct. 5, according to a City of Tulsa.

The mural sparked debate between the city and community. Several people painted the Black Lives Matter mural on Greenwood Avenue on Juneteenth of this year, the day before President Trump held a rally in Tulsa.

The Tulsa City Council voted to remove the mural. Tulsa City Council said the mural never had a permit, making it illegal.

READ MORE: Tulsa City Council votes to remove Black Lives Matter mural from Greenwood District

The removal of the mural is part of a mill and overlay project already scheduled for Greenwood Avenue, from East Archer Street, north for 300 feet, according to the City of Tulsa. The project is expected to take one week.

City council said it considered using a sandblaster to remove the artwork, but that would cost the city $20,000. Removing the mural with the construction project won't cost extra money.

City officials said this street work is part of a routine maintenance funded by the 2014 Improve Our Tulsa General Obligation Bond.

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