Protesters Are Turning the Temporary White House Fence Into a Living Memorial Wall

The area surrounding the White House is more fortified than usual. As protests over the killing of George Floyd—as well as against rampant police brutality—have continued across the world, President Trump’s administration has barricaded itself with temporary metal fencing. Nearly two miles of tall mesh barriers surround the “White House complex,” an act that has been met by criticism from not only everyday citizens but from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Keep in mind that’s the people’s house,” she said in a recent news conference. “It’s a sad commentary that the (White) House and its inhabitants have to be walled off.”

While the fencing keeps people a large distance away, that doesn’t mean their voices aren’t heard. The enclosure has itself become a space where folks can express themselves with words and artwork. Protestors have placed signs on this living memorial wall to commemorate the Black men and women who have lost their lives because of confrontations with the police. There are other messages, too, overwhelmingly denouncing systemic racism and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

As the signs continue to multiply, it proves a powerful way to reclaim a space meant to keep people out. No matter how hard the Trump administration tries, they can't drown out the voices calling for justice and a more equitable world. Scroll down to see this ever-growing memorial wall.

The Trump administration installed nearly two miles of tall metal fencing around the White House.


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People are covering it with signs commemorating the Black men and women who have lost their lives to police confrontations.


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There are other messages that denounce systemic racism and support the Black Lives Matter movement.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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