Freedom of Speech Wall

Freedom of speech wall

Mundane Information

Designed by architects Peter O’Shea and Robert Winstead, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has created a tangible and enduring embodiment of the concept of free expression. Located directly in front of Charlottesville’s City Hall and beside the city’s amphitheater, the monument consists primarily of a two-sided wall of Buckingham slate, approximately 54 feet long (108’ of writing space) by 7.5 feet high, on which members of the public may express their views, in chalk, on any subject they choose. Permanently inscribed on one segment of the wall is the text of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. On the immediate opposite side is the following quote by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Freedom of Speech Wall

Campaign Information

Description: Chalkboard on the downtown mall where anyone can write anything
Type: Theme
The Idea: The power of the authors’ words thin the veil to the nevernever
The Aspect: Doorway to Anywhere
The Face: Plotius (Satyr Guardian of the Wall)

Freedom of Speech Wall

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