White House fence that was put up to keep George Floyd protesters back is turned into a Black Lives Matter mural
A newly erected fence in front of the White House that was put up to keep protesters back has been turned into a Black Lives Matter mural.
Demonstrators demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, 46, who was killed after Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, 44, kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest on May 25, have turned the fence into a memorial wall with placards and protest art.
Signs that read, 'I can't breathe', which were some of Floyd's final words before his death, were affixed up and down the fence.
A large sign reads 'Black Lives Matter' while others call for the defunding of police and an end to police brutality.
According to the National Park Service, the fence, which was placed in front of a White House protest area, was only meant to be temporary.
Park Service spokeswoman Katie Liming said Monday that her agency and the Secret Service expect to reopen part of Lafayette Park in front of the White House on Wednesday.
Liming says some areas of the park will remain closed to allow workers to deal with damage and address safety hazards.
She gave no details and no time for when the rest of the square would reopen.
Lafayette Park in front of the White House is one of the country's most prominent sites for political protests and other free-speech events.
It has been closed off since early last week, when law officers used chemical agents and other force to drive out protesters in the nationwide rallies against police brutality following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died May 25 after a white officer pressed his knee into the unarmed black man's neck, ignoring his 'I can't breathe' cries and holding it there even after Floyd stopped moving.
Authorities left the high black fence blocking the square, even though recent protests have been overwhelmingly calm.
Liming says the Washington Ellipse, Sherman Park and some other landmark areas also will reopen Wednesday.
DC's mayor, Muriel Bowser, also oversaw a massive piece of artwork within the past week.Crews were seen painting 'Black Lives Matter' on a street leading to the White House after days of demonstrations in the nation's capitol.
City crews were also seen installing the Black Lives Matter Plaza sign near the White House.
Meanwhile, North Carolina has seen some art of its own with a bold message denouncing racism along a street in Raleigh.
On Sunday, artists painted the words 'End Racism Now' on a downtown street in Raleigh.
Charman Driver, former chair of the Contemporary Art Museum on Martin Street, where the painting is located, called it 'a very painful totem'.
The street leads to Confederate monuments on State Capitol grounds, which have been spotlighted as offensive during protests.
The painting was applied Sunday morning when a city engineer met the artists and brought barricades to block off the street.
'We did it. And it's wonderful. And we feel really good about it. Our voices are being heard, but it's not enough,' Driver said.
Governors in 34 states and DC had activated more than 42,700 National Guard members to assist state and local law enforcement in support of civil unrest operations following Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
The numbers may change as governors assess their needs.
On Monday, approximately 4,000 Guard men and women from the DC and supporting states remained stationed in DC for support to the National Capitol Region.
More than 600 returned to their home states Sunday, and an additional 1,500 are expected to depart in the next 24 hours.
All additional Guardsmen from states supporting DC are expected to return home by Wednesday.