TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Tulsa's Black Lives Matter mural painted on Greenwood Avenue was removed this morning.
City crews milled off the top two inches of the road early Monday as part of a planned resurfacing project, and the mural went with it.
The resurfacing project had been scheduled for March 2021, but the city accelerated the project after an almost unanimous vote by the city council to remove the mural.
Supporters of the mural say Tulsa now joins a small group of cities that has removed their BLM murals, and they say it sends the wrong message.
"Since the election, of all the things we need in north Tulsa, the first thing they've done for north Tulsa is bust up the street that says Black Lives Matter. It shows where their priorities are," said Robert Turner, pastor at Vernon AME Church.
The council has said it's not a removal of the mural but a relocation, but a new location has not yet been announced.