New Ben’s Chili Bowl mural honors 15 African-Americans

Ben's Chili Bowl unveils new mural honoring 15 African-American luminaries. (Source: Muriel Bowser)

WASHINGTON, DC — Ben’s Chili Bowl unveiled its iconic new mural Wednesday afternoon as a number of celebrities showed up to celebrate the artwork.

The mural showcases 15 African-American legends of entertainment, media, and politics.

Last winter about 30,000 people voted and selected the faces being honored on the mural. The luminaries selected include: Wale, Russ Parr,  Dave Chappell, Marion Barry, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, Jim Vance, Prince, Chuck Brown, Taraji P. Henson,  Michelle and Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Harriet Tubman, Dick Gregory, Roberta Flack,  and Donnie Simpson.

The artist who designed this mural U Street Northwest is Aniekan Udofina. She’s known for her paintings showcasing Frederick Douglass and George Washington.  Udofina was picked through MuralsDC, a public art and graffiti-prevention initiative that gives local artists the chance to work on their skills while giving the District’s walls a facelift.

The previous mural which was painted in 2012  included President Barack Obama, Donnie Simpson, Chuck Brown, and Bill Cosby.  Of those people only Cosby was excluded.