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Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection

 Collection — external hard drive: DIG_00030
Identifier: 208

Content Description

Please note: This collection contains strong language, references to police brutality, and violent imagery. The Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection consists of posters, banners, clothing, photographs, and ephemeral objects attached to the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence (BLM Fence) surrounding Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C, from June 2020 to January 2021. The artifacts were attached to the fence to protest the treatment of Black and Brown communities by police and address various social issues, including racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, women's rights, immigration, international human rights violations, nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 2020 presidential campaign, politicians, and elections. Activists turned the fence into a memorial, an art project, and an outpouring of grief. The BLM Fence suffered vandalism, including near destruction on October 30, 2020. The surviving artifacts were collected by activists and reattached to the new BLM Fence, which remained standing until January 30, 2021. People came from all over D.C. and the United States to add artifacts to the BLM Fence and pay their respects to victims of police brutality. The artifacts were curated and cared for by activists Nadine Seiler and Karen Irwin. Librarian and archivist Aliza Leventhal assisted Ms. Seiler and Ms. Irwin in collecting and inventorying the artifacts from the BLM Fence.

Dates

  • Creation: 2020 or 2021

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection donors have made this collection material available for educational use. The collection materials should not be used for commercial activities and derivative works should not be made.

Extent

76.8 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Arabic

Croatian

French

German

Haitian; Haitian Creole

Italian

North American Indian languages

Latin

Norwegian

Portuguese

Romanian; Moldavian; Moldovan

Russian

Spanish; Castilian

Urdu

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license. The collection donors have made this collection material available for educational use. The collection materials should not be used for commercial activities and derivative works should not be made.

Arrangement

The artifacts in this finding aid are arranged by identifier. The digital collection is arranged by title in alphabetical order. Original spellings and capitalizations have been retained in the descriptions of the artifacts. Some artifacts contain content on both the front and the back. Those artifacts are grouped, and both items are reflected in the title (example: Black lives matter / Enough ).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection is a partnership between DC Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, The Library of Congress, and Howard University. The artifacts were collected and donated by Nadine Seiler and Karen Irwin with assistance from Aliza Leventhal. Enoch Pratt Free Library completed the digitization of the artifacts. Metadata of the artifacts was completed by staff at the DC Public Library and members of the public. A portion of the artifacts are housed at Howard University and may be viewed through Digital Howard.

Related Materials

228: Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Photograph Collection
231: Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Oral History
2021.006: Black Lives Matter Panels

Title
Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection
Subtitle
An inventory of the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Artifact Collection at DC Public Library.
Status
Completed
Author
Laura Farley
Date
2022-10-05
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, MLK Library Repository

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