The Story Behind the Striking Photo of a Woman in a Dress Next to Armed Police in Baton Rouge

PHOTO: A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 9, 2016.PlayJonathan Bachman/Reuters
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A photo of a black woman in a flowing dress, standing alone calmly while facing heavily-armed police officers -- one of whom she appears to be holding hands with -- has taken the internet by storm. The moment occurred during Baton Rouge protests on Sunday, July 10th, over the shooting death of Alton Sterling.

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The mysterious woman was identified as Ieshia Evans by friends after New York Daily News writer Shaun King shared the photo on his Facebook and later by arrest records.

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Evans did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment but shared on her Facebook page, "I just need you people to know. I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am a vessel!"

She went on to add, "I'm glad I'm alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed first hand."

The photo was taken during the protest in Baton Rouge, which resulted in more than 100 arrests, mostly for obstruction of a highway, according to documents obtained by local ABC News affiliate WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.

According to those documents, an "Ieisha Evans" was booked into parish prison for obstruction of a highway.

The photograph has gone viral, with the name IeshiaEvans and a misspelling, LeshiaEvans, both becoming trending hashtags on Twitter as the internet scrambles to identify the woman.

One Twitter user equated the graceful stance to the Statue of Liberty.