Library of Congress to Display Artwork from 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests in New Online Exhibit
The fence that once stood between protesters and the White House at Lafayette Park during the summer of 2020 (also known as the Black Lives Matter memorial), displayed hundreds of signs, posters and artwork left by protesters following the murder of George Floyd.
While authorities took down the fence in early 2021, activists made it their mission to preserve every artifact — knowing that each sign represents a part of the nation’s history.
Now, thanks to the help of activists and archivists, the pieces of artwork that once served as a memorial of the movement are being displayed in a new online exhibit on the Library of Congress’ website.
According to the Library, more than 30 pieces of artwork are now available online.
“[The Library] wants people to see those signs, the messages and contextualize them with other parts of our collection that talk about similar issues,” said Aliza Leventhal, head of technical services for the prints and photography division of the Library of Congress.
The collection was a team effort from activists and archivists
Leventhal, who spearheaded the Library’s collection efforts of artwork and signs from the fence, worked alongside the fence’s de facto curator Nadine Seiler and others to make the digital collection come to life.
Leventhal says she visited the fence daily for eight months, becoming intrigued with what she saw each time.