The mural event took place on the former Mayor’s birthday, March 6, 2015. During his many thanks to Mayor Bowser for the Naming Commission’s compact and to the muralist, Jay Coleman, for his artwork, the late mayor’s son Christopher Barry remarked, “My father, Marion Barry—he was not just a Ward Eight Councilman. Or a local politician. He was a leader. And he stood up for people across the globe who faced injustice. It was forty-plus years of service and commitment. So, he left a mark and inspiration and a guide for all of us to follow. This may be the birthday and he may be gone but he’s definitely left an example for us to follow and a vision for us to take into the future.”
Four Points LLC principal Stan Voudrie commissioned the mural to honor fourtime Mayor of the District of Columbia, Ward 8 Councilman and Civil Rights icon, the Honorable Marion Barry. The mural is an expression of appreciation for the political and civic leadership of the late Mayor for Life.
The mural is twelve feet by sixteen feet, acrylic on plywood, and located adjacent to the Curtis Investment Group building at 2024 Shannon Place, SE; It is viewable from the northbound lanes of 295.
A photographic essay of the event follows.