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Black Lives Matter posters placed on top of building in 5 Points neighborhood

Posted July 20, 2020 7:25 p.m. EDT
Updated July 22, 2020 5:03 p.m. EDT

— A new work of art in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood is sure to catch your eye the next time you drive through.

At the intersection in Raleigh, you'll notice familiar faces.

Those faces were placed on top of the Shops at 1700 building Friday as a showcase of solidarity. Among the people now covering the edges of the roof are Michael Brown, Jordan Baker, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. On the other side of the building are Eric Garner, George Floyd, Breona Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

“It’s great for one thing. It’s part of getting together. Just hope everyone get’s on one accord and gets together," said Five Points resident Edgar Cross.

Many who live in the neighborhood are just starting to notice the posters and believe it’s a great way to spread awareness.

"(It's) such a great response to see here in a very conservative neighborhood that doesn’t have any murals yet. I think it speaks high volumes of education and what we want our community to reflect as well as our downtown community," said Carolyn Walker, a Five Points resident.

So far, the posters have spoken far louder than expected.

“I think that’s the purpose of it, to make change," said Cross.

The owner of the building said the posters will stay in place as long as they last.

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