WASHINGTON — Users of Google Maps will be able to find the newly named “Black Lives Matter Plaza” after it was added to the popular web mapping service.
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A sign on the street now identifies that section of 16th Street near the White House as “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
City workers and local artists painted the street that leads to the White House with “Black Lives Matter” in bright yellow letters. The mural stretches across the entire width of 16th Street to the north of Lafayette Square and ends near St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Bowser said the painting is intended to send a message of support and solidarity to Americans outraged over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.
It comes as the mayor has sparred with President Donald Trump over the response to the protests and as Washington, D.C. prepared for a demonstration Saturday that was expected to bring tens of thousands of people into a city still under coronavirus restrictions.
“We know what’s going on in our country. There is a lot of anger. There is a lot of distrust of police and the government,” the mayor said at a news conference. “There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen and to have their humanity recognized. We had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.