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Bill Cosby Controversy Concludes at Ben’s. Murals Gone. Obama and Others Collateral Damage

1213 U Street, NW Photo by JP

And just like that the Bill Cosby mural controversy concludes. You can see what the mural looked like when it first went up in Sept. 2012 here.

Caroline reports:

“Just walked by Ben’s and it looks like they’ve completely white washed over the mural on the alley side. I literally think they did in in the dead of the night because the guy was still painting at 7 am.”

Ben’s website says:

“The mural alongside Ben’s was painted in 2012. Now, after 5 years of braving the elements, its time to refresh and repaint the mural and we want your input! Below you will have the opportunity to pick your top 6 nominees from those listed below. You may also pick your favorite group of people, write in a name for consideration, and write in a complete group of your own. Thanks for your support and suggestions for our 2017 Mural.”

Nominees for the new mural include:

Alice Walker
Angela Davis
Anthony Bourdain
Barack Obama
Ben Ali
Bill Cosby
Bob Marley
Cathy Hughes
Charlene Drew Jarvis
Chris Rock
Chuck Brown
Danny Glover
Dave Chappelle
Denzel Washington
Dorothy Height
Duke Ellington
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Ellen Degeneres
Frederick Douglass
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
George Clinton
George Lopez
Harriet Tubman
Harry Belafonte
Jesse Jackson Sr.
Jimmy Fallon
Joe Mantegna
John F Kennedy Jr.
John Leguizamo
Kevin Durant
Kevin Hart
Lance Gross
Mahatma Ghandi
Marion Barry Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Marvin Gaye
Maya Angelou
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Michael Jackson
Michelle Obama
Misty Copeland
Nikki Giovanni
Oprah Winfrey
Rachael Ray
Roberta Flack
Russ Parr
Simone Biles
Stevie Wonder
Taraji P. Henson
Terrance Howard
Virginia Ali

Vote for your top 6 here.

Photo by Caroline

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