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Murals honor victims of police brutality

Written by on September 11, 2020

KTSU2 News executive producer and reporter, Januel Burton, took a trip to the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, just outside of Third Ward, to view the Houston murals.

By: Januel Burton

HOUSTON — Many Houstonians showed their way of honoring the many African-Americans who’ve lost their lives to police brutality by painting murals across the city.

The artists who painted the murals wanted to keep the legacy of people like George Floyd alive.

At the corner of La Branch St. and Alabama St, near the Third Ward area, sits the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.

A powerful mural outside the museum stating, “Speak Truth To Power, Dream, Enough, Fantasy” and the names of victims of police brutality.

It loudly and proudly showcases art with meaning.

A panting of Floyd, who was killed by police earlier this summer, sits at the forefront outside the museum alongside another powerful murals honoring Philando Castille, Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland.

Other murals focusing on the national minority movement, #BlackLivesMatter, are posted behind the museum outside. 

The painting to the top left, shows a Black football player kneeling on the American flag with the words stating, “Black”. To the bottom right is a painting that states, “I Know My Life Matters, Do You?

On Elgin St, a mural is being painted to memorialize the fallen U.S. Army soldier Vanessa Guillen, whose remains were found near her base in Fort Hood, Texas, two months after disappearing on April 22, 2020.

Even though the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19, the parking lot is open for viewers.