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Phoenix mural project to highlight lesser-known Black heroes

Posted at 5:01 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 09:16:22-05

PHOENIX — A new mural project in the Valley is bringing awareness to lesser-known Black History heroes.

There are going to be 28 new murals around Central Phoenix for the 28 days of February, which is Black History Month.

Gizette Knight is behind the Black History Month Mural Project. She says our lives would not be possible today if it was not for the work of these African American men and women.

"I didn't want to continue to have Black History feature just mainstream figures even though they are iconic, and we need them, and we are very grateful for them. But I wanted to show the ones that don't get the recognition that also paved the way and help us enjoy the luxuries that we take for granted today," Knight said.

Knight was inspired to do the project after the City of Phoenix denied her request for a Black Lives Matter street mural in Downtown Phoenix.

"I did try to get one mural painted, and that shows you how good God is because it manifested from one mural to 28 murals," Knight said.

Artists from all backgrounds are taking part in the project after learning about it through social media.

The mural project is also tied to a raffle giveaway. If you take photos with the murals and upload them on social media, you can be entered to win prizes.

You can find more details about the project on the group's Facebook page.