Say Their Names, 2011-2012 | Bringing Back Bowery

Creator

Sally Young

Title

Say Their Names, 2011-2012 | Bringing Back Bowery

Coverage

40 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Description

The eye is immediately drawn to the rightmost edge of the plywood panel, where two large brown eyes emerge from a vivd red background. Underneath the eyes, budding trees are surrounded by discarded guns pointing upwards toward the sky.

In the center of the work, a quotation emerges from the unpainted plywood. The quote reads: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - MLK #bemighty." Underneath the quote, to the left of the trees, a list of names emerges from a field of flowers. Outlined in green paint, a quick glance could lead the names to be mistaken as part of the greenery that blooms in the red.

The names are not all clear, but include: Nehemiah Dillard, 2012; Melvin Lawhorn, 2012; Marquez Smart, 2012; Michael Lembard, 2012; Tendai Mhekaira, 2012; Stephan Watts, 2012; Rekia Boyd, 2012; Johnnie Kamahi Warren, 2012; Malik Williams, 2011.

The names listed are all of Black individuals murdered by police officers in the years listed beside their names. This list is not a conclusive list of all Black people murdered in 2011-2012 by police.

Source

Posted by @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram. Caption: "Amazing mural by @sallysonegun at the Bowery Bar and Grill"

Rights

Artist: Sally Young
Image: @Bringing_Back_Bowery on Instagram

Publisher

Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Date

Contributor

F.S.

Original Format

Painting on plywood

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Citation

Sally Young, “Say Their Names, 2011-2012 | Bringing Back Bowery,” George Floyd & Anti-Racist Street Art , accessed January 15, 2021, https://georgefloydstreetart.omeka.net/items/show/1687.

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