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Help Restore Mama Ayesha’s Awesome Mural After it was Vandalized

by Prince Of Petworth August 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm 21 Comments

When first completed in January 2009 at 1967 Calvert Street, NW

From GoFundMe:

“Mama Ayesha came to the United States in the late 1940’s with a dream to own her own restaurant. After working at a few other restaurants in the city Mama (as she was affectionately known by those close to her) had enough money and opened the doors to the Calvert Cafe in 1960 (later renamed Mama Ayesha’s after her passing). The restaurant has since become a local favorite with everyone from former U.S. presidents to college students. In 2008 we embarked on a project with Karlisima Rodas, to paint a permanent mural in honor of Mama and the presidents our country has seen since we opened our doors. The mural would be of Mama in the middle, with arms wide open welcoming the presidents to our great city. It took Karlisima three years to complete the project with assistance from her family, us here at the restaurant and with grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities who helped partially fund the project. Unfortunately last night our mural was vanadalized by an unknown person(s) with a paintball gun. We are now tasked with the challenge of cleaning the mural without further damaging it, we turn to you our friends, family and the greater Washington DC community in asking for your assistance in helping us achieve this. Thank you all for your help.


Update #1 Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far. We would like everyone to know that if there are additional funds following our clean up of the mural, we will donate them to cleaning up graffiti around our city!”

Mama’s mural was completed in January 2009.As of 3:30 pm they are just shy of half way to their goal of $4000. You can make a donation here.

  • anon

    Ouch. Right in the presidential penises.

    • anon

      Also, how did LBJ know this was gonna happen?

      • NorthbyNE

        That was my first thought too!

    • Truxton Thomas

      Yeah, a real dick move.

  • Wow, I never would have guessed it costs $4K to clean off some paint. That’s a pretty steep price to pay.

    • anon

      Thing is, they have to clean off some paint while not simultaneously cleaning off too much other paint. And then also presumably repaint a bit afterwards.

    • Aglets

      She’s also going to have to probably rent scaffolding which will also require permits.

    • Anon

      If you can get the job done for less, I’m sure they’d be all ears.

  • wobber

    you should be able to clean paintball paint off with a garden hose.

  • anon

    I saw this same type of tagging on some murals over at the skate park in Shaw. really unfortunate string of vandalism to accompany the surge of violence this summer..

    • Anon. No. 5

      At least 2 people have already tagged the Bloomingdale Heritage Trail marker at 2nd and FL. Those things have not even been up a month. Geez people.

  • Thomas

    Brought to you by the kind of people that don’t want there to be nice things anywhere in this city. Destruction for the sake of destruction. Makes me sick.

  • TacoPants

    That’s odd, every type of paintball I’ve ever heard of (or have been shot with) contains water soluble paint

    • bruno

      I am speechless at the paintball expertise shown in this thread!
      “How well you know!” ;^)

  • roberto

    I think this improves the mural. Looked like a kitschy ad before.

    • anon

      Yeah, I know it is vandalism and all, but that was my first thought at well.

  • DRC

    I’d say other than the sheer velocity of the paintball chipping the paint off the mural, the paintball paint should wash right off with water. Raising $4k to do this seems a bit extensive. Worse case, you’ll need a ladder and a soft bristle brush to get the paintball shell chips off the wall. I shot paintballs all over my backyard as a kid, including at trees, a painted wooden shed and my parents bare brick house. All traces were gone after one rain storm.

  • Anon

    What sweet justice it would be to find whoever did this and shoot them in the same region with paintballs.


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