17 artists, 16 letters, one clear message: Black Lives Matter

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  • Emma Mesa-Melendez of Springfield fills in her letter, “S,” in the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Compressed within her letter are the words “I am not your negro,” in reference to a quote from American writer James Baldwin. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mariela Chavez, left, and Emma Mesa-Melendez, upper right, both of Springfield, work on their respective letters, “L” and “S,” in the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Working between them are Springfield artists, Repoe Nine, from left, Sheldon Smith, Giovanni Santiago, Elias Yates and, behind Mesa-Melendez, Marc Austin. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Chaunacey Hill of Springfield paints the second letter “A” in the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Giovanni Santiago, left, and Elias Yates, step back a few feet to check their progress on the letter “I” they collaborated on for the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Audi Cave of Springfield paints the first “L” in the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Cave, who is attending school full time and the mother of twins, filled in the space of her letter with a paraphrased quote by American writer James Baldwin, “To be black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Emma Mesa-Melendez of Springfield gets some yellow paint for her letter, “S,” in the center of the new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. To create her letter, she used the words “I am not your negro,” in reference to a quote from American writer James Baldwin. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mariela Chavez of Springfield and 16 other artists lend their inspiration to a new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Chavez painted the “L” in “Lives.” STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Artist Repoe Nine, left, of Springfield and Britt Ruhe of the Springfield Black Lives Matter Mural Community Coalition chat during the painting of the new mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Springfield City Councilor-at-large Tracye Whitfield, right, addresses about 60 people attending the painting of a new Black Lives Matter mural at 232 Worthington St. in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 10/10/2020 7:47:41 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The recently painted Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Springfield already has been vandalized several times since it was created in September, but that’s not stopping local artists from continuing their work lifting up the movement for Black lives. Seventeen artists each lent their inspiration to the 16 letters in a new Black Lives Matter mural on Worthington Street on Saturday.




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