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Is there a Frederick Douglass mural in your neighborhood?

An effort is underway to document and chronicle Frederick Douglass-related murals throughout Washington, DC and surrounding environs. If you know a Fred Douglass mural or work of street art around your way, please give us a hand.

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I’ve identified about ten locations, however some have come and gone.

1900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue (wheat past is now gone)[pictured below]

Fred Douglass wheat past on lower Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

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Ketcham Elementary School (new)
2400 West North Avenue – Baltimore, MD [pictured]
Gregory Peck work (gone)

Any help is appreciated. Thank you all.

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New Cedar Hill Mural in Old Anacostia

Cedar Hill mural_Ketcham ES_15th St

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Throughout the greater countryside and the greater DC metropolitan area there are Douglass statues. Throughout Ward 8 there are a number of murals and depictions of Mr. Frederick Douglass. Some are well done, while some could use a little touch-up work.

The newest Douglass-related mural doesn’t depict the visage of the Lion of Anacostia, instead it depicts local children planting and watering a sapling in the front lawn of Cedar Hill, the home of Douglass from the fall of 1877 until his death in February 1895.

This expansive vertical mural spans three stories on the 15th Street SE side of Ketcham Elementary School, named for Union General, Congressman and District Commissioner John H. Ketcham.

On the top reads, “Planting roots now to grow strong later.”

On the bottom reads, “Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.” – Frederick Douglass

This mural is part of a larger and ongoing renovation and beautification of the school famous and revered among the streets and inhabitants of Old Anacostia.


The mural was completed by Joe Pagac from Tucson, Arizona. Ketcham ES entered into a contest on Twitter and was selected for the mural from the DC Mural Arts Program –> MuralsDC/DPW #Nominatemywall campaign
Cedar Hill mural __ Ketcham ES & Wash monument

Photo by John Muller & William Alston-El. Copyright is strictly enforced, online and offline.

 

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