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Chalk Mural Outside Milwaukee Art Museum Hopes To Show Beauty Of Protest Movement

Chuck Quirmbach
The chalk art mural outside the Milwaukee Art Museum, as seen from the overhead foot bridge.

An invitation to draw chalk art outside the Milwaukee Art Museum has generated dozens of drawings related to the Black Lives Matter protests.

The group MKE Unite organized the event for Sunday as a way for protestors to “show how beautiful this movement is by creating a large chalk mural.” Many of the drawings on the plaza on the west side of the Calatrava mention deaths of African Americans while in police custody.

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One of the panels of the chalk art mural.

A Milwaukee man who gave his name as Cedric brought his family to create a drawing. Cedric politely said it's obvious why they chose the message BLM, short for Black Lives Matter.

"Because it's the realest one around right now. All lives matter, but it's not about all lives right now. It's about black lives. We're the ones under attack,” Cedric told WUWM.

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Cedric said it's good to have this positive way for people to express their views. "Yes, it's bringing the right people together. It's probably the prettiest place in the city. The only place that don't got no violence and crazy stuff going down," he said.

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A man who gave his name as Cedric (left) brought his family to help create the chalk mural Sunday afternoon.

The chalk mural is about 200 feet long and 30 feet wide. Substantial rain that could wash away part or all of the artwork is not expected in Milwaukee until at least Tuesday.

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