“Hopefully, West St. Paul will change the way they allow people to express their values and their opinions,” he said, noting the demonstrations on nearby streets after Mr. Floyd was killed in May.

Mr. Weyandt, the fence’s owner, said he and his husband were simply hoping to project the “Black Lives Matter” message as best they could. They offered their fence as a canvas, hiring two artists who had worked on murals in the Twin Cities area.

“If one car stopped at the stop sign, looked at the fence and took that thought home, then our mission was accomplished,” he said.

Mr. Weyandt said that they had put messages and flags on the same fence several times before but that this was the first time the city had ever served them with a violation notice. One of the flags, which was hung up before 2020, proclaimed “Coexist.”

Joshua Rashaad McFadden contributed reporting from West St. Paul, Minn.

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