The Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection
Note: this resource contains strong language and references to brutality and violence.
An open-access digital collection created by T DC Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Library of Congress, and Howard University. It is preserving images, posters, banners, clothing, photographs, and ephemeral objects which were hung on a Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence (BLM Fence) surrounding Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. from June 2020 to January 2021.
According to the website ‘The artifacts were attached to the fence to protest the treatment of Black and Brown communities by police and address various social issues, including racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights, immigration, international human rights violations, nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2020 presidential campaign, politicians, and elections’.
Activists turned the fence into a memorial, an art project, and an outpouring of grief. The nature of the language used expresses the frustration, fear and sorrow felt by participants.