Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 02 October 2020



Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 02 October 2020


H Street NW and 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., USA


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

There is a far away shot of the BLM Memorial Fence with the Washington Monument in the background that is lit up. There are multiple signs on the fence and the legible ones read "Watch for Black Lives" and "Trump Must Go!"

There is a weathered sign that reads "See the World though human lends. White is a construct. We are...[illegible]...Skin Color".

There is a poster that reads "Inciting A Race War Won't Help. Your Acts = Treason, Punishable by Death...Great For Ur Ratings." Below this is the top of a poster that reads "I don't want my body or my back to..." and the rest of the poster is cut off from the photograph.

There is a black poster with white lettering that reads "Black Lives Matter" and is surrounded by drawn hearts. Next to this is a cardboard poster that reads "Demand Justice" and another that faintly reads "Unity". Between these signs is the flag of Guyana.


Protest signs and protesters on 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 systematically 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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