The City of Montreal, dozens of artists, and community groups have honoured the Black Lives Matter movement by painting a French, rainbow-coloured mural in the Gay Village on Ste. Catherine Street.
The words ‘La Vie des Noirs(es) Compte’ was painted across 200 feet of the historic street on Wednesday, the French translation for ‘Black Lives Matter.’
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Nineteen artists, each of whom were given a different letter, were allowed to paint their own style into each character to give the mantra some added significance.
The mural aims to bring attention to the struggles faced by black communities and the ‘Black Lives Matter’ mantra sparked a global movement after the death of George Floyd initiated protests around the world.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says the city supports the murals’ message and reaffirms “strongly” that the lives of black people matter.
Dans le Village pour échanger avec les artistes et le collectif Never Was Average qui donnent vie à la fresque géante «La vie des noir•es compte» qui tapisse la rue Ste-Catherine et qui la rendent si unique au monde! Merci au @GalaDynastie et au @VillageGaiMTL. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kKCfcHCb0a
— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) July 15, 2020
The ‘La Vie des Noirs(es) Compte’ mural is expected to remain in place until the fall.