White House Perimeter Fence Turned Into Memorial For George Floyd By Activists

A new perimeter fence erected around the White House last week has been turned into a memorial for George Floyd with placards and protest art.

The chain link fence put up amid protests against police brutality is now adorned with signs reading "black lives matter" and "fund the black community" after demonstrators visited the new perimeter over the weekend.

Footage posted by Washington Post reporter Hannah Natanson on Sunday showed members of the public taking pictures of the fence and adding their own signs to the impromptu memorial wall.

"The fence outside the White House has been converted to a crowd-sourced memorial wall—almost like an art gallery—to black men and women who lost their lives at the hands of police," Natanson tweeted. "Hundreds are strolling, looking, adding names and paintings and posters."

The fence outside the White House has been converted to a crowd-sourced memorial wall — almost like an art gallery — to black men and women who lost their lives at the hands of police.

Hundreds are strolling, looking, adding names and paintings and posters. pic.twitter.com/mXlZpfMAeX

— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 7, 2020

Her footage showed the perimeter fence was almost completely covered with protest art calling for justice, policing reform, and further funding for black communities as of Sunday midday.

Placards commemorating George Floyd, including one depicting him with the caption "I can't breathe," could also be seen in photos of the fence posted on Sunday.

Among several signs calling on the public to vote President Donald Trump out of office at the November election, one placard said: "Today we protest, November we vote."

Pictures of the fence circulated on Thursday last week showed the wall was empty shortly after being erected by workers around the White House complex.

Speaking to The New York Times last week, White House officials said the new barrier around the complex—intended to keep demonstrators further away from the president—would be removed in time.

"These closures are in an effort to maintain the necessary security measures surrounding the White House complex, while also allowing for peaceful demonstration," the U.S. Secret Service said in a Friday press release. "Security fencing has been erected and the areas are clearly marked."

The statement added that the area covered by the new perimeter included Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue between 15th and 17th streets. The areas will remain closed until June 10.

The Secret Service closure of the area around the White House complex came days after peaceful protesters outside the building were teargassed by law enforcement officials and dispersed so the president could pose for a photo opportunity outside St. John's Episcopal Church.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized the increased perimeter around the White House last week, reminding Trump that it was "the people's house."

"It's a sad commentary that the house and its inhabitants have to be walled off," the Democratic mayor said at a press conference. "We should want the White House opened up for people to be able to access it from all sides."

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A demonstrator reads messages left in front of the White House's recently erected security fence on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images