Ben’s Chili Bowl Mural Unveiled; Cosby’s Gone And Wale, Prince and Muhammad Ali Welcomed

The long-awaited Ben’s Chili Bowl mural was unveiled Wednesday and serves as an ode to D.C.’s history and a celebration of the restaurant’s legacy. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, former D.C. middle school teacher and singer Roberta Flack, “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and comedian and D.C. native Dave Chappelle were honored with a place on the epic mural.

“I want to say this is one of the best honors of my career,” Chappelle told the Washington Post. He graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991. “I’m honored to be here.”

Artist Aniekan Udofia painted the previous mural in 2012 that featured portraits of President Barack Obama, “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown and actor Bill Cosby.

Earlier this year, the restaurant’s owners asked the public to vote online to determine who would be included on the mural. The owners say the mural represents the wishes of the public. The Obamas have a prominent position on the mural.

“It’s a strong group of people who represent positive change for our people and all people,” said Kamal Ben Ali, son of restaurant founder Ben Ali.

Ben and Virginia Ali opened Ben’s Chili Bowl in 1958. Ben’s survived the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


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