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



Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 09 November 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’s an image of Rosie the Riveter and it reads “Grab Him By The Ballot!” and “ RN From VA” There are other words and statements written on the poster to look like tattoos that read” “Because Science” “USA” “Science [over] fear” and “Fauci”.

Multiple posters read “Become ungovernable!” “You’re Fired!” “The Whole World is Dancing!” “LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL not some” “Black Mental Health Matters” “To the left, to the left! Everything you own in the box to the left!” “AmeriKKKa” “You Didn’t Win The People’s Vote In 2016 Either And It Took 4 Years To Get You Out!” “I Love BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Women, Immigrant, and Human Rights So I Vote” “Love Each Other And remember kids… ACAB”

There is a stylized drawn image of Donald Trump with an orange background, and it reads “Bye Don” and there is a sticker that reads “Dude Gotta Go Biden Harris 2020”

There is a poster that holds an eviction notice that reads “! Eviction NOTICE ! To: Donald J Trump We are terminating your tenancy and want to evict you from the following property: The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave) Our reason for evicting you is because YOU LOST! You must move from the property or remedy our reason for evicting you by the following date: January 20th, 2021. If you do not agree with this eviction notice you have the right to legal advice and may contact a lawyer. Name of Owner or Agent: Joe Biden Address of Owner or Agent: Soon to be 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Telephone Number: (202) 456 – 1111 Signature Joe Biden Date: November 7th, 2020”

There is a small cardboard figure of Donald Trump that reads “iLeARn tHE LaNgUGe![sic] #tinytrump”
Another poster reads “We Voted You’re Out!” with an image of Donald Trump and there is a speech bubble that reads “I’m Fired” and a “Biden Harris 2020” sticker.

There is a poster that has a drawing of Donald Trump and his hair is “flying off” and it reads “Guess He Lost It”
Another poster reads “Current Resident: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave EVICTED You Have 73 Days to get Your Shit and Clear Out”


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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