Residents from across Nashville celebrated Juneteenth by repainting a 350 foot ‘mural’ dedicated to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Because the painting was dedicated to the BLM movement, some residents across Nashville found the idea to be controversial. The BLM movement has ties to Marxism, and many supporters sparked riots across the country last summer.
The actions to repaint the mural had further support from the Tennessee Democratic Party. On Friday, the organization tweeted that their Chairman Hendrell Remus was assisting in the efforts. “Chair @hendrellremus had some fun in the sun today helping repaint the #BlackLivesMatter mural in downtown Nashville for #Juneteenth,” the tweet said.
— TN Democratic Party (@tndp) June 19, 2021
After painting the works originally, some activists claimed the work was intentionally vandalized due to one set of tires left burnout marks across the bottom half of the letters.
The decision to repaint the mural follows Congress declaring the day a federal holiday — an idea which received wide bipartisan support. President Joe Biden signed the legislation on Thursday.
The recent push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday largely stemmed from President Donald Trump. Trump responded to calls from Americans on both sides of the political aisle when announcing his support for the idea. During his campaign, he pledged to make large investments in Black-owned businesses and to expand opportunity zones. At a rally in Atlanta before the November 2020 election, Trump said he “will always put Americans first and that includes very, very importantly Black Americans.”
The origins of the Juneteenth celebration are rooted from the date in 1865, when enslaved Black people in Texas finally heard that they had been freed under the Emancipation Proclamation — legislation that President Abraham Lincoln had issued more than two years earlier.
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