A proposal to place a Black Lives Matter mural on High Street in the historic district was met with resistance from the Town’s three councilmen at the July 6 council meeting — and just yesterday some downtown residents filed an objection with the town through their local attorney, Phil Hoon.
A debate is simmering over whether the proposal is public art or a street sign; whether planning and zoning and the historic district must weigh in, or whether the Town Council has full jurisdiction to decide the matter on itsown.
Questions and concerns from Mayor Chris Cerino, Ward 1 Councilman David Foster and Ward 2 Councilman David Foster over the cost and maintenance is a non-issue to the organizers who’ve said it’s time for Chestertown to make an important statement on a street where slavery and segregation once lived.
They say community volunteers will be responsible for the mural until a permanent monument to African American history in Kent County is created.
Ward 4 Councilwoman Meghan Efland and Ward 3 Councilman Ellsworth Tolliver support the High Street mural.
The Kent Pilot interviewed Maria Wood, Wanda Boyer and Arlene Lee, who are working with the Social Action Committee for Racial Justice, residents and other local organizations to pursue a permit for the murals.