By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 19, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Local artists will paint a Black Lives Matter street mural near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Locust Street in the Harambee neighborhood.

The public is invited to help paint the mural during a Juneteenth community art event on Friday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Masks will be provided and social distancing will be encouraged during the event.

The City of Milwaukee commissioned the project, and artist Vedale Hill will lead the effort.

"Part of the reason why we selected that location is its proximity to the police district and the area which has been ground zero with all of the unrests which has occurred," Alderwoman Milele Coggs told CBS 58. "Many of the marches have started on King Drive, and though we’ve seen some buildings be disturbed and that kind of thing, we wanted to use art as a healing tool to demonstrate something beautiful."

The mural is being sponsored by Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, WestCare Wisconsin, Walmart, X-Men United and Athena Communications.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.