Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 31 October 2020



Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 31 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 spray painted fist that reads "JUSTICE" on the side of the hand. A poster that reads "EVERYBODY OUT! Whether Trump tries to steal the election or Biden wins and tries to continue Trump's policies, we can get out in the streets together and stop them. Everybody out! For resources, tactics, and updates:" It has an image of the US Capital upside down with people falling from it onto the street of Washington D.C. that show protestors holding a sign that reads "THEY ALL MUST GO".
There is a horizontal shot of a part of the fence with multiple posters and in front of it is a headshot of Trump that has a Hitler mustache drawn on and a poster underneath which reads " Black, Trans, Woman's, Queer, Disabled Lives Matter! White silence is violence! The top of the poster reads All Black Lives Matter.
There are multiple posters that read “No Justice No Peace” Next to this poster are two photos of Michael Marshall and reads “November 2016…Rest in Power” as well as Bryan Overstreet reads “April 2015…Rest in Power”. Underneath this is a poster which reads “Black Trans Lives Matter printed on a trans flag background. There is another poster that reads “Black Lives Matter = Abolish The Police” with drawings of three pigs crossed out with a red X. Under this poster is one that reads “Protect Black Woman with a drawn gold crown and next to this is a poster which reads “Fuck Donald Trump” with Trump drawn as a pig.

There is a photo of a panoramic view of the BLM memorial fence showing many posters and BLM protestors in front of the Washington Monument with a bright orange sweatshirt hung up above 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 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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