1525 H Street, NW
Thanks to a reader for passing on from St. John’s Church:
In its 200-plus year existence, our beloved church has witnessed history, in its many forms, from our corner of Lafayette Square. That holds true today with the protests associated with the murder of George Floyd and other innocent Black citizens across our country.
We as a parish support the protesters’ fight for an end to systemic racism. As is often the case in these situations, we have also been faced with significant challenges. Our historic buildings have been damaged by fire and graffiti. Individuals have built encampments on the church grounds, pitching tents, cooking on open fires in close proximity to the buildings, and relieving themselves in inappropriate places, resulting in a risk to the health and safety of protesters and others. At times, our staff have not felt safe traveling to and from work, or in their offices.
At its meeting last week, the Vestry discussed the tension between support of the Black Lives Matter movement and keeping our staff and property safe. As a result of that discussion, we met with City leaders last Friday. The meeting was productive, and we came away with a plan to peacefully relocate the individuals camping on our grounds that was based on engaging the protesters in conversation. We did not have the opportunity to finish executing that plan because on Monday the police began clearing H Street, NW. We were not aware they would do this.
After renewed violence on Monday evening, the City contacted us on Tuesday and offered to provide fencing around our buildings. After a thorough discussion, and in consultation with Bishop Mariann, we reluctantly agreed to the fencing. Read More
Photo by Benjamin Allen
1525 H Street, NW
Thanks to Mike for sending: “It seems there’s now a fence around St. John’s church…this seems to me to be all kinds of wrong…” Read More
Photo by Perri Smith
Perri reports last night from Lincoln Park:
“Protesters trying to pull down a statue of Lincoln with an enslaved person at his feet in Capitol Hill”
The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum. pic.twitter.com/A0MOnISH1N
— Eleanor Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) June 23, 2020
Sign says: “This statue honors Major George B. McClellan, a decorated UNION Army officer.”
Thanks to Jonathan for sending: “It seems someone took the liberty of making these signs and putting many of them around the McClellan statue on Connecticut and Columbia NW. Not quite NPS official signage…”
From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will introduce legislation to remove the Andrew Jackson statue from Lafayette Park in the District of Columbia, citing Jackson’s ownership of slaves and genocide of Native Americans. Read More
Photo by ms brown
Thanks to ms brown for sharing photos this morning.
NPR reported last night:
“Police fired chemical agents to clear Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., Monday night after protesters attempted and failed to pull down a huge statue of Andrew Jackson located there.”
More photos from ms brown: Read More
“The statue, dedicated in 1901, was located in Judiciary Square about half a mile from the U.S. Capitol. It was built at the request of Masons who successfully lobbied Congress to grant them land for the statue as long as Pike would be depicted in civilian, not military, clothing.” Read More
17th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Thanks to Jessica for sending an update yesterday from in front of the White House: “15th and 17th are now open without high fencing. You can walk through on either side but not in the middle which is still under construction.”
Thanks to spaxson for again sharing this great google doc of today’s Juneteenth events with us.
Photo by Denise Rucker Krepp
Also happening this morning – thanks to Denise for sharing with us around 8am: “George Preston Marshall statute at RFK is being taken down this morning. Truck just arrived to haul it away.” Read More
“On Friday, June 19, 2020, Saturday, June 20, 2020 and Sunday, June 21, 2020, multiple First Amendment demonstrations are scheduled to occur throughout the District of Columbia. In conjunction with these events, there will be street closures and restrictions that motorists should take into consideration:
The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking for the demonstrations beginning on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. and extending through Sunday, June 21, 2020 to 11:59 p.m.: Read More
Thanks to JC for passing on this GoFundMe campaign:
“Ahead of the August 28th March on Washington, our non-profit initiative is raising funds, spreading awareness and seeking partnerships to help provide tens of thousands of black umbrellas to all those marching for change. All be it simplistic in nature, the free distribution of these black umbrellas will serve three essential functions for what will be a historic event in our nations Capitol. A sea of black umbrellas stretching from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, providing a message the world cannot ignore. Read More