120-day moratorium approved on new city murals - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

120-day moratorium approved on new city murals

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

There is new fallout from the controversy over the murals painted on a Midtown underpass.

Memphis City Council has voted for a 120-day moratorium on any new public art murals.

This comes after objections to these murals on Willett Street near Lamar Avenue, some of which were accidentally painted over when city crews showed up to remove images deemed offensive.

Six murals initially drew the attention of council members.

"They're just distasteful," councilwoman Jamie Swearengen said

"That art looks like graffiti, it looks like gang graffiti, so now just trying to know – we know what was done wrong so now it's time to fix it,"  council chairman Berlin Boyd said. 

Council members said they need to create a better process for how murals are approved.

"We want to put parameters in place basically as to how murals are painted who approved those murals and what's deemed appropriate," Boyd said.

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