Several dozen demonstrators from the so-called "antifa", or anti-fascist, movement marched to the spot where Heather Heyer was killed past year when a man linked to white supremacist groups rammed his vehicle into counter-protestors.
Ahead of Saturday's events in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia closed the Lawn Friday night out of an abundance of caution; it will stay closed until noon Sunday.
On the lawn, protesters confronted a line of police wearing riot gear.
He also did not mention a white nationalist demonstration planned for Sunday in the capital.
Both groups have been given permission to demonstrate in separate sections of Lafayette Square, a shady park that looks onto the back of the USA president's residence.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the city of Charlottesville declared states of emergency earlier in the week.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham have promised a massive security mobilization to keep protesters and counter-protesters apart. "Our goal is to prevent that from happening".
Wheeler added, "We've integrated our communications systems with the Virginia State Police and we've learned some real lessons about how to secure our downtown and especially what is now called Market Street Park".
Secret service officials will join officers from Washington DC's police force and the National Park Service to ensure there is no repeat of the violent clashes this time a year ago.
According to Ivanka, who also serves as a White House adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, "One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence". But several days after the deadly violence in the city, he tweeted, "Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist".
"This anniversary is also a time to look forward".
In the forthcoming memoir, Manigault Newman says there are recordings of Trump using "the n-word" during tapings of his NBC reality show and that she personally witnessed him using racial epithets.
Hundreds of students and left-wing activists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, as a rally to mark the anniversary of last year's white nationalist gathering turned largely into an anti-police protest.
"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community". I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence.
"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted. Other groups are meeting at locations such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, McPherson Square and Farragut Square. "Instead, he is planning a "white civil rights" event in Washington, D.C., on Sunday". She later said the comments "had nothing to do with race or ethnicity".
"We are unstoppable, another world is possible", "We remember Heather Heyer" and "Black Lives Matter".
They will likely be dwarfed by the number of counter-protestors, who plan to march to the Martin Luther King Jr.
Trump has retweeted white nationalist material, said Mexicans crossing the U.S. border are rapists and drug dealers, once referred to a Hispanic Miss Universe as "Miss Housekeeping" and employed Steve Bannon, a central figure of the new "alt-right" in America, as his campaign chief and top strategist for a time. "They are not free-speech advocates for white rights but racist Nazis who want to have a nation for white people only".