By Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2020

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Residents and a local artist joined together Saturday to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on a New Haven street, the first of several planned art projects in the city aimed at supporting the racial justice movement.

Artist Kwadwo Adae directed local residents as they painted each letter of Black Lives Matter in bright yellow on Bassett Street.

“I am overjoyed to see so many public art projects being installed in the City of New Haven during the difficult times we have all been collectively experiencing during the pandemic,” Adae said in a statement released by the city.

The New Haven mural is the latest of similar murals that have been painted on city and town streets across the country.

“I was so grateful to be a part of this celebration of Black and brown culture in New Haven,” New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said. ”I am looking forward to future art installations across the city.”

Members of Black Lives Matters New Haven also took part in Saturday’s events, which included art vendors, music performers and tables for community organizations and voter registration.

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