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'I'm shocked:' Fayetteville citizens upset to see Black Lives Matter mural removed with no warning :: WRAL.com

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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On Monday, the city of Fayetteville began removal of the "Black Lives do Matter" mural around the Market House.

— On Monday crews began peeling up and burning away the "Black Lives Matter" mural encircling the Market House in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville city council had always intended the mural to be a limited-time artistic piece; however, many citizens were shocked to see the important message being burned away with no warning.

"I was totally shocked," she said.

She said it's wrong for the city to remove the slogans just days after rioters stormed the U. S. Capitol.

This is not a good time to remove this," she said.

"When you come downtown and just see [the mural] coming down, you feel a certain way about it," he said.

Especially given the current political climate, Burse said, "I understand if they want to do this in the future, but today was not the time to put this in play. "

Fayetteville mayor explains the timing

The mayor applauded city council for having voted to put up the Black Lives Matter mural in the summer, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer sparked protests nationwide.

He said the decision to remove the mural at the beginning of 2021 was made back in November.

However, many citizens were shocked because the city only issued a news release after the removal work had started.

Colvin agreed the removal came as a shock to people, and said he hindsight they should have communicated better.

He said city leaders are still fully behind the message of Black Lives Matter, even if the mural is gone.

Moving forward, Colvin encourages residents to get involved in the future of Fayetteville by sharing their thoughts about the future of the Market House with City Council.

He said he believes 2021 can be a year of healing and unity.

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