Brookline Town Hall permanently removes BLM sign after 3 years

December 7, 2023 by No Comments

In response to a revised public signage policy passed by the Select Board on Tuesday, Brookline town officials will be removing the Black Lives Matter sign that has been displayed in front of Town Hall since 2020.

The sign was originally erected in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd. However, Select Board chairman Bernard Greene, who spearheaded the campaign to install the sign three years ago, has now acknowledged that it is time for it to come down.

The new signage policy, the details of which have not yet been released, states that only the Select Board has the authority to approve the placement of signs on town property. Such signs must express “views supported by the government of the Town of Brookline” and refrain from endorsing political candidates or parties, advertising, or religious messaging.

The section of the new policy that necessitates the removal of the Black Lives Matter sign mandates that “fixtures authorized under this policy may stay in place for no longer than thirty days.” Board member John VanScoyoc emphasized that a key aspect of the new signage policy is that “no message is permanent.” Based on this, it is not yet known what the new sign will be about.


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