If you’ve driven down 9th Street NW before, I’m sure you’ll recognize this building with it’s memorable mural dedicated to Carter G. Woodson among others.
A closer inspection after the jump.
Here’s a close up of the Carter G. Woodson portrait and quote:
A few other notables make an appearance as well:
Robert Gould Shaw is best known as “the guy Matthew Broderick played in Glory,” but he’s also the namesake of the Shaw neighborhood. Shaw commanded the all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and was killed in their assault on Fort Wagner.
The other portrait is of Duke Ellington, arguably DC’s most famous native son. Raised in Shaw, Ellington left DC for Harlem in 1923.
On the Q Street side of the building you’ll find this curious mural:
Anybody know the story behind it?