City Council Recommends Removal Of Black Lives Matter Painting

Wednesday, September 2nd 2020, 2:52 pm
By: Emory Bryan, Erick Payne

TULSA, Okla. -

The Tulsa City Council voted 8-1 to approve a recommendation that the City of Tulsa remove the Black Lives Matter street painting in Greenwood.

The City Council said they have exhausted all legal options to allow the painting to stay. Councilor Kara Joy McKee said she will continue working on a solution, but for now the Council is not pursuing a permitting process.

The City Council said that they have been unable to find a way forward to keep painting on the street. They said they hope to have some other location on private property for the mural.

Mayor G.T. Bynum had delayed the removal while the Councilor considered permits for street painting. The City plans to mill and overlay the street in October, work that was set to be done next March already.

Vanessa Hall-Harper was the lone vote against the recommendation, and McKee is asking for them to reconsider.

The final version of the recommendation was approved 8-1 by the council in their regular meeting on Wednesday September 2. You can read the findings and recommendation below.