The adored Peckham Portraits which were removed from Peckham Hill Street will be given a new home outside PeckhamPlex.
Locals reacted angrily when the portraits of black British actors, including Idris Elba OBE; Don Warrington and Rudolph Walker OBE, were taken down without warning on March 12.
The council has followed up on its commitment to spend £15,000 to clean and reframe the portraits and find them a new home.
They will be relocated to an “alcove” by the cinema “in the new year”.
The portraits were moved from the fence that surrounded a large open space behind Peckham Library when construction began on the forthcoming Mountview Academy acting school.
Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for business and culture, said: “These treasured and inspirational portraits are important to us and the people of Peckham. I am very pleased that we will be able to bring a number of them home this September.”
Abubakar Kamara, manager of B@kus Business Service shop opposite where the portraits stood, previously told the News: “The pictures used to make the youth stop and wonder who those people in the pictures were. They are people who have given a lot, and got on with their lives in black society.”
His son, Ibrahim Kamara (pictured) called them “iconic” and said he had grown up looking at them.