12 Feb 2014

Ellington Mural: On U Street’s True Reformer

G. Byron Peck created this tribute to Shaw’s most widely known resident. The 24 by 32 foot rendering of Duke Ellington watches over the community, directly above the U Street/Cardoza metro stop at 13th and U Streets, welcoming all to experience the rich history of the neighborhood. The painting was commissioned by local businesses and the Mobile Oil Corporation. Peck hired student painters through DC’s summer jobs program and completed the mural in 1997. To learn about other murals in the city created by youth through the City Arts program visit their web site at www.cityartsdc.org

Source: www.PBS.org