Washington DC paints a huge "Black Lives Matter" message on the way to the White House

Washington DC paints a huge “Black Lives Matter” message on the way to the White House

The huge banner-like work spans two squares on 16th Street, a central axis that leads south directly to the White House. Each of the 16 bold, yellow letters extends across the two-lane road, creating an unmistakable view easily detected by aerial cameras and almost anyone within a few blocks.

The painters contacted DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and began work early Friday morning, the mayor’s office told CNN. Bowser officially considers the section of the 16th street that bears the mural “Black Lives Matter Plaza”, complete with a new sign.

Bowser told reporters outside St. John’s Church next to Lafayette Park that she and members of the DC Council were there “as Washington – we all want to be here together peacefully to show that in America – you can come together peacefully.” , you can bring complaints to your government and you can ask for a change. “

“We are here peacefully as Americans, on American roads, on DC roads,” Bowser said, referring to a recent clash with the federal government over their efforts to police DC streets.

Washington has been the scene of protests for more than a week in response to the death of George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police. The Church of St. John, the site of President Trump’s critically critical photo during a peaceful protest, is located along the road that now carries the BLM message. They will continue this weekend, including one Saturday which is expected to be well attended.

CORRECTION: This piece has been updated with new information that the board was commissioned by the mayor of Washington DC.

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