BALTIMORE, Md. — A mural by a street artist named Nether, painted on a wall at N. Mount and Presbury Streets in Baltimore, is an artistic expression of what has been going on in the city these past few weeks.
Presbury Street is where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested on April 12. He died one week later as a result of a severe spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody, which sparked protests and a night of riots on the day of Gray’s funeral.
The mural shows the late Martin Luther King Jr. marching on one side, Gray’s family marching on the other, and a large likeness of Gray right in the middle.
One woman who spoke with WNEW’s Karen Adams describes the piece as a reminder of the decades-long struggle that continues today.
“It means we’re still fighting a battle for civil rights from the 60s. The same battle is still going on. And we only hope and pray that this is going to make the difference and I sincerely think it is.”
Nether says he’s trying to represent solidarity with the piece.
“It’s crazy that something like this would have to happen to get people out to these neighborhoods and realize the situations that these people are forced to live in.”
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