The section of 16th Street in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., is now officially called Black Lives Matter Plaza. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the news via Twitter Friday, sharing video as the sign was installed. Bowser also had the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street leading up to the White House, where protests have been raging since the police killing of George Floyd last week.
“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Bowser, said in a tweet. “Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is D.C.’s street and to honor demonstrators who [were] peacefully protesting on Monday evening.”
Monday, President Donald Trump made his way to Washington, D.C.’s historic St. John’s Episcopal Church to have his picture taken with a Bible — a photo made possible after Trump ordered National Guard troops and U.S. Park Police to forcibly remove protestors. Trump has also recently called for fencing to be installed around the White House.
The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. pic.twitter.com/bbJgAYE35b
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020