"No Room For Racism"

mural at the mercantile

The History

Following the murder of George Floyd, The Mercantile sought to educate our community of our own history with racism through art. Many cities at the time, including Charlotte, had painted “Black Lives Matter” murals on noticeable streets. Demanding attention be brought to the injustices faced by members of our community, neighbors and friends. We chose to use “No Room For Racism” city motto that dates back to the tenure of Mayor Doug Echols. 

The mural was painted by local artist, Heather Johnson. The first letters are filled with the colors of the city logo, while the last nine letters are the faces of the Friendship Nine. Painted on July 5th, 2020 the mural was meant to promote questions, encourage unity, and engage with history.

NO ROOM FOR RACISM

The Friendship 9

The Friendship Nine, or Rock Hill Nine, a group of Black men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. The design, in block letters, reads “No Room For Racism,” a city motto that dates back to the tenure of Mayor Doug Echols. The first letters are filled in with the colors in the city’s logo, and the last nine letters are the faces of the Friendship Nine hand-drawn in black and white.