Goshen Public Works Board Votes 'No' On Black Lives Matter Mural On Street, Cites Safety Concerns

Jun 23, 2020

FILE - Taken at a Black Lives Matter protest in South Bend in early June 2020.
Credit Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio

The Goshen Board of Public Works members voted Monday night against a Black Lives Matter mural being painted on Main Street in the downtown area for what they described as safety reasons. 

The Black Lives Matter mural would have been painted on the streets at the Main and Washington intersection in Goshen.

The board voted against it, citing safety reasons but Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman says he’s working on a plan to have the mural somewhere else in Goshen.

“I know it can be confusing when a city turns something down like this and it can look like turning down Black Lives Matter but that’s not what this was about.”

Abraham Medellin presented the idea of the Black Lives Matter mural to the board. He says he’s disappointed the board turned it down, but will keep pushing for a way to display the Black Lives Matter message in Goshen.

“The ‘no’ yesterday does not signify that we’re done," he says. "The ‘no’ should speak volumes that we still have a lot to do.”

Mayor Stutsman says he plans to work with Medellin and local artists on finding a better location for the mural.

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