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D.C. Council Votes To Permanently Keep Name 'Black Lives Matter Plaza'
After the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted in bright yellow on a portion of 16th Street Northwest near the White House, the area has become widely known as Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The name will remain for good after The D.C. Council voted unanimously to make it official and permanent.
The council voted on emergency legislation to permanently rename the section of 16th St NW between H and K after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a sudden name change back in June in response to George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed, as Travel Noire previously reported.
The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. pic.twitter.com/bbJgAYE35b— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 5, 2020
But the passing of the legislation at the time was only temporary.
The area is still closed to traffic. Restaurants on 16th Street, and some cross streets, are starting to reopen.