**FILE** In 2020, two blocks on 16th Street between K and H Streets in northwest D.C. was renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza.” People celebrated Juneteenth on the Plaza protesting the murder of George Floyd. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** In 2020, two blocks on 16th Street between K and H Streets in northwest D.C. was renamed "Black Lives Matter Plaza.” People celebrated Juneteenth on the Plaza protesting the murder of George Floyd. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

D.c. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced recently that the construction of the District’s permanent Black Lives Matter Plaza monument at 16th Street between K Street and H Street NW has been completed.

“When we created Black Lives Matter Plaza in June 2020, we sent a strong message that Black Lives Matter, and that power has always been and always will be with well-meaning people,” Bowser said in a statement. “We have [now] transformed the mural into a monument and one of my proudest memories of Black Lives Matter Plaza is when, in his final days, Congressman John Lewis came to see it for himself. He recognized Black Lives Matter Plaza as good trouble, and we know it will remain a gathering place for reflection, planning and action, as we work toward a more perfect union.”

Bowser unveiled the $4.8 million iconic art installation last summer on the two-block stretch of 16th Street NW that leads to the White House, transforming it to a pedestrian-only space and naming the area Black Lives Matter Plaza.

The mural was created overnight by the Department of Public Works and the MuralsDC team, for which efforts were supported by DDOT.

The 48-foot-wide mural became a permanent installation with a redesign of the project’s roadway and a safe gathering space for pedestrians wanting to fully experience the mural’s impact

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