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Posted on: August 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Statement of Town Board: Mural on Manhattan Ave

An image of Louis Farrakhan on the mural was never approved by the town and will be removed.

Pursuant to the contract between the Town and the Artist, the mural design required approval by the Black Lives Matter Committee, its Manhattan Avenue Mural Subcommittee and the Town Board.  While the artist’s interpretation of artistic expression was welcomed, the addition of Louis Farrakhan and several other people was never approved by the Town.  The Black Lives Matter Manhattan Avenue Mural Subcommittee therefore voted to remove the unauthorized imagery.  The Artist has agreed that Louis Farrakhan will be taken off of the mural and the image will be removed this week. Added content continues to require Town approval.  We look forward to celebrating the completion of this mural, which is a celebration of black history. 

 

The Greenburgh Town Board continues to support the Town’s Black Lives Matter initiatives and commits to continuing support through the Black Lives Matter (signage) Committee, the Greenburgh Against Systemic Racism Task Force, the Human Rights Committee and other endeavors."

 

The Greenburgh Town Board stands united against racism, antisemitism, sexism and anti LBGTQ.

 

The Greenburgh Town Board does not believe in the censorship of artistic expression, and acknowledges protest as a valid form of political expression.

 

PAUL FEINER, Greenburgh Town Supervisor

Ken Jones, Greenburgh Town Councilman

Gina Jackson, Greenburgh Town Councilwoman

Francis Sheehan, Greenburgh Town Councilman

Ellen Hendrickx, Greenburgh Town Councilwoman

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