It feels like public mourning flooded the nation when we learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. People flocked to social media to share their thanks for her decades of relentless work; though she’s undoubtedly a feminist icon and pioneer for women’s rights and equality, Ginsburg’s work did not only benefit women, but everyone. And of course, people were eager to make sure her “fervent” wish was communicated to the masses: That she “not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Outside of social media, people gathered to mourn and give thanks to the late justice across the nation. In Washington, D.C., for example, people left flowers and handmade signs at a popular mural of the late justice that went up back in 2019. While people were gathering there and outside the Supreme Court, however, artists were creating a whole new mural in her honor. This one is located just one block away from the Black Lives Matter Plaza, which is only a few blocks from the White House.
Artists Shawn Perkins, Dez Zambrano, and the PAINTS Institute are behind the new mural. As reported by local outlet ABC 7, the group painted the mural in just one day, less than 24 hours after the news of Ginsburg’s passing became public. When speaking to CNN, Perkins told the outlet that after Ginsburg’s death, “there was no question who we would commemorate with this latest piece.”
Before we check out what the newest mural looks like, let’s check out the flowers, candles, and signs at the first mural.
As well as some images from outside the Supreme Court.
And San Francisco’s Castro District.
And here is the new mural.
A statue is reportedly also going up in Brooklyn, where Ginsburg was born. Someone changed a New York City subway station to “Ruth St.” And people aren’t only showing up with art. As my colleague Walter Einenkel covered, ActBlue reports that Americans donated nearly $100 million to Democratic candidates less than 72 hours after Ginsburg’s passing.