Washington, DC: Mural with Barack and Michelle Obama

Chili restaurant decorated with exterior murals of President and Michelle Obama, Prince, Muhammad Ali. Repainted in 2017 to remove Bill Cosby.

Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC
Ben's Chili Bowl, U St. NW between 12th and 13th St NW.
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Obama mural.

Mural with Barack and Michelle Obama

For five years one of the outside walls at Ben's Chili Bowl restaurant was painted with a mural that featured portraits of customers President-elect Barack Obama and comedian Bill Cosby. In early 2017 Ben's covered up the artwork and asked the public who it wanted to see in a new mural. Obama made the cut, as did First Lady Michelle Obama. Others include boxer Muhammad Ali, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and musician Prince. Ben's interior is lined with photos that commemorate the visits of famous customers, including several of President Obama. He ordered a chili half-smoke and a sweet tea.

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 11/30/2018]
Obama and Cosby Mural

This is no longer here; it has been painted over.

[Heather, 05/09/2017]

President Obama and Bill Cosby.

Obama and Cosby Mural

Ben's Chili Bowl has had numerous famous diners over the years, most notably President-elect Barack Obama and comedian Bill Cosby. Both are commemorated with their likenesses painted on Ben's outside wall, but Cosby's now tarnished legacy has ignited a debate on whether Obama's mural neighbor should be removed.

[Kurt Deion, 08/08/2015]
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