Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has big plans for the scene of the Black Lives Matter protests from last summer, and those plans start with paving over the yellow ‘Black Lives Matter’ words painted on 16th St. north of the White House.
“In fact, right now we’re undergoing a process to make the installation more permanent, and with lighting and landscaping and all the things that you expect an iconic art installation … to install this piece of art with a very affirming message that not only our residents needed to hear, but people around the world needed to hear. And they really appreciated that Donald Trump couldn’t avoid it,” Bowser told the Washington Post last week.
In March, 16th street was reopened to drivers before it was closed again for the latest paving project. D.C. officials claimed in March that the temporary reopening would allow them to study the vehicle traffic and how to add pedestrian-only space, the Post reported.
The words 'Black Lives Matter' have been paved over on DC's 16th St north of the White House
Mayor Bowser painted the words in a jab at then-President Trump, successfully changing the topic when protesters were criticizing her pic.twitter.com/iIWUCFRRSX
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) May 11, 2021
Will ‘Black Lives Matter’ go down in paint on the new pavement? The mayor’s office isn’t saying what will be done besides saying the street will become a permanent art installation. What will the reaction be when word gets out that the yellow ‘Black Lives Matter’ words have been paved over? The new pavement has barely had time to cool. Keep an eye on social media over the next 12-24 hours to get your answer.
Here’s a sneak peek as to BLM’s reaction:
This morning at Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC. @MayorBowser’s BLM performance has come to a close and set strike completed.
We now return to her regularly scheduled performances. pic.twitter.com/WZ1soLghwR
— Black Lives Matter DC (@DMVBlackLives) May 11, 2021
BACK TO BLACK: The bright yellow 'Black Lives Matter' road mural was paved over this morning in Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/etUZroW7mr
— New Granada (@NewGranada1979) May 11, 2021