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Security barriers near White House are removed after almost nine months

The fencing that separated Black Lives Matter Plaza from the park outside the White House was removed by workers on Monday (March 1). 

The security barriers were put up around Lafayette Park and the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church during the administration of former President Donald Trump, in response to Black Lives Matter protests, and have remained in place through President Joe Biden’s inauguration and first month in office. 

Protesters decorated the 78 panels with signs, crafts and artwork in support of the BLM movement. In January, the decorations were removed and donated to schools and museums. 

The church, often called “The Church of the Presidents,” was set on fire during the early days of the anti-racism protests. 

The two-block area north of the park was renamed Black Lives Matter by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in June, following the George Floyd protests. 

(Production: Arlene Eiras)

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