Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 11 November 2020



Protest signs and artwork on the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence, Date: 11 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 is a panoramic shot of the fence with the Washington Monument in the background.
There are two American flags on the fence and a black flag that reads “Trump” and is covered with a red circle with a line through the word. There are suitcases and chairs in front of the fence.

There is a mask of Donald Trump that is on a cardboard “pipe” and it reads “I Enjoy Scat Sex” and there is a toothbrush mustache drawn on the mask. There is an image of Donald Trump’s head which has a toothbrush mustache drawn on.

Multiple posters read “What Are You Hiding?” “Jesus Knows Trump Is Deadly” “Trump is Guilty” and an image of the Puerto Rican flag. Other posters read “Loser” “We Are Better Than This” “White Silence is Violence!!!!!” “Yeah The Black Guy Did It.” And there is a drawn image of a black power fist on a poster

There is a tarp that is covering the fence and the posters from getting wet from the rain.


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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