LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A large "Black Lives Matter" mural has been approved by the Lynn City Council and it will be placed right in the heart of downtown.
Two Lynn English High School students proposed the mural in City Hall Square last year.
At first, there was opposition to the mural because of its location. It took a while, but the students finally won the support of the Lynn City Council, including Council President Darren Cyr.
"These two are just amazing young people, the two of them relentless in every sense of the word," said Cry.
Councilor Rick Starbard first opposed the mural, but in the end, he changed his mind.
"Over the course of the last year, we've seen a lot of divisiveness in the city, I'm hoping this will help bring folks together rather than push us apart," said Starbard.
Just before the unanimous vote, Cyr said he was going to do something that no council president had done before. He put on a mask, walked over, and gave the two young students a hug.
The installation of the mural is set to take over the course of a weekend in June. Officials said over 174 communities across the country have created BLM murals, including Worcester and Somerville.
The Lynn mural is expected to look like the one in Worcester which is described as colorful, vibrant, and inclusive.
The youth group "One Lynn-One Love" which was founded by the students, is looking into ways to fundraise for the project.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) Reports: