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Duke Ellington Mural Rededication Program


  The Duke Ellington Mural on the True Reformer building has become an iconic feature of the U Street cityscape. Originally created in 1997, the mural adorned the west-facing side of the True Reformer building for 8 years from 2004 until 2012 when it was removed due to structural issues. It was restored to its full glory on May 3rd of this year. On July 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm, we’ll partner with DC Murals, Spectacle and Story to host an official

Iconic Mural Returned to U Street


HumanitiesDC joined the celebration this summer during the re-dedication of the Duke Ellington Mural painted by G. Byron Peck. A mainstay of the U Street corridor streetscape, the Duke Ellington mural was removed in 2012 due to structural issues with the True Reformer Building. The mural was returned on May 3rd. The program featured a panel discussion featuring with Jazz Historian Sandra Butler-Truesdale, DC Historian Blair Ruble, and the creator of the Ellington Mural, G. Byron Peck. The panel was moderated by Shellee