Freedom of Speech Wall
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. As with all chalkboards, what is written the monument’s chalkboard is constantly changing. The monument’s slate is cleaned in its entirety twice a week on a regularly scheduled basis. Private citizens may also clean all or part of the slate at anytime. Such cleaning does not implicate the First Amendment because it is not government action. For those who cannot visit the monument itself, we have created a virtual chalkboard on which they may express themselves.