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New York City parks to be renamed after Black Americans

“We are doing this, if for no other reason than, our Black lives matter,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.

Juneteenth Grove New York City Parks Department

Parks across New York City will be renamed to honor Black Americans, according to ABC 7. The announcement was made on June 19 by NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver. A portion of Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn has already been renamed to Juneteenth Grove.

Silver says the purpose is to the celebrate the homegoings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many others. “NYC Parks believes Black lives matter — our review of park names and the planting of our Juneteenth Grove is only the beginning of our renewed efforts to address inequities in our system for the city and for our employees,” she said. “We are doing this, if for no other reason than, our Black lives matter.”

Additionally, the recreation areas have temporarily changed out their official park signs for specially designed signs which are in the colors of the Pan-African flag. The other name changes for the parks will be announced November 2, the day before elections.

Across the country, there have been many advances taking place in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Artists have drawn “Black Lives Matter” murals in multiple cities. In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser recently unveiled a BLM mural which leads up to the White House.

Statues of Confederate leaders have been ordered to be removed in multiple states. The bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt, which stood in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1940, is going to be taken down.

“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” said Ellen V. Futter, the museum’s president. “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism.”

“Simply put,” she added, “the time has come to move it.”

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