People gather in Downtown Roanoke to paint ‘End Racism Now’ mural

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A group of people has gathered in front of the Roanoke Times building on Campbell Avenue to paint a mural with the message “End Racism Now.”

They say a picture says a thousand words, but this work of art only needs three.

Community member, Levi Gohnston says, “I had no idea till I rolled over here to check it out. Looks like we’re seeing what we see in the bigger cities.”

The Urban Arts Project surprised the city of Roanoke with a message of unity and hope for the future.

“I had no idea Roanoke was doing this, says Gohnston. “Maybe we’re not so little after all.”

Urban Arts Project member Kameron Melton says, “We are excited to make a bold statement in favor of eradicating racism and dismantling systematic Racism right here in Roanoke Valley.”

With 50 gallons of paint, a statement with 12 letters, spans 140 feet across Campbell Avenue spelling out ‘End Racism Now.’

“We chose to end racism now because we wanted it even more inclusive message, says Melton. Because racism doesn’t only affect Black people, but it affects all minority populations.”

With each brush stroke 12 local artist displays their views of racism.

Local artist Katrine Legan says, “With a diverse group of people getting together to do this type of thing Is very monumental.”

The mural may be temporary but the artist and volunteers hope the message sticks.

Roanoke Police say the street will be closed until 5 p.m. on Monday.

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