The storied Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1213 U St. NW celebrated a new mural June 21 that features more than a dozen African-American trailblazers including Harriet Tubman, Barack Obama, Jim Vance and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The mural is the second collaboration between the city’s MuralsDC project, Ben’s Chili Bowl and local artist Aniekan Udofia. The mural’s subjects were selected via online voting.
Mayor Muriel Bowser was among the attendees at the dedication of the new mural. “Next year, Ben’s Chili Bowl will celebrate their 60th anniversary, and I could think of no better way to honor the Ali family for their steadfast commitment to Washington, D.C., than through the creation of another tremendous mural,” Bowser said in a news release.
MuralsDC was launched in 2007, and has since sponsored the painting of 65 murals around the city. The program is working to expand its reach with a mural in each ward; currently, it is seeking walls on commercial buildings that are already covered with graffiti to convert into art pieces.