Tulsa City Council Plans To Remove Black Lives Matter Mural From Greenwood

Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 6:23 pm
By: Emory Bryan

TULSA, Okla. -

The City of Tulsa plans to remove a ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural from the streets of Greenwood Avenue, after they received requests to allow other messages on other streets.

The city did not approve a permit to paint this mural on Greenwood, but by not removing it their lawyers said it's almost the same thing.

This almost curb-to-curb message is all but impossible to read on the ground, but from above, the giant letters spell out a clear message that Black Lives Matter.

It was painted during the night, before Juneteenth and the campaign rally for President Trump. Now more than a month later, the City Council got their own clear message.

Mark Swiney, Council attorney, said, "There isn't anything in our laws that makes our streets into a canvas."

City staff in the Council meeting said they will start to work on removing the current mural and on creating an ordinance to prohibit new ones.