D.C.'s old Marvin Gaye mural on S Street NW.

D.C.'s old Marvin Gaye mural on S Street NW.

D.C.’s public murals do much more than just make the district look pretty- many of them celebrate the city’s culture and diversity by commemorating a historic event or featuring prominent Washingtonians like Frederick Douglass. But as gentrification takes hold of neighborhoods across D.C., many of these murals are disappearing, knocked down to make room for new development. We explore the city’s historic murals and how disappearing street art reflects the city’s changing demographics.


  • Blair Ruble Director of the Urban Policy Laboratory & Vice President of Programs, Woodrow Wilson Center; author, "Washington's U Street: A Biography"
  • Perry Frank Project Director, DC Murals
  • Aniekan Udofia Street Muralist

PHOTOS: D.C.'s Lost Murals

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