Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 09 June 2020



Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 09 June 2020


H Street NW and 16th Street NW, Washington, DC, USA


Protest signs and posters on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, located on the north side of Lafayette Park in Washington D.C.

In these images, some signs focus on text and were created using marker on white or neon posterboard or cardboard. A portrait of Breonna Taylor hangs near the top of the fence. There are mylar balloons with the numbers "27" to commemorate Taylor's birthday, which would have been four days before this photograph was taken. There are also pieces of cloth and small crosses with names on them attached to the fence.


The Black Lives Matter Memorial fence was a temporary chainlink fence installed in the area north of Lafayette Park and the White House from June 2, 2020 until January 30, 2021. The fence prevented public access to the area, and it also served as an important site of protest and self-expression. 

Activist Nadine Seiler played a crucial role in protecting and caring for the fence, along with Karen Irwin and other activists in a loosely-formed group informally known as the "Guardians of the Fence." Nadine Seiler and Aliza Leventhal systematicallly documented the fence over the course of months, and Seiler became the de facto curator of the fence. 

Additional information: 

Library of Congress blog post "Protest Preserved: Signs from D.C.'s Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence" 

D.C. Public Library Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection 


Photographer: Aliza Leventhal


Urban Art Mapping








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