Credit Wally Gobetz
The Duke Ellington Mural is located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C., within the Mount Vernon Square historic district, an area that has been a hub of African-American cultural life since the late 19th century and the neighborhood that shaped and nurtured him. The Duke grew up just around the corner on Bates Street and began his career in the music halls and clubs that flourished along nearby 14th Street in the 1910s.
The painting, completed in 1997 by muralist G. Byron Peck, is based on a photo of Ellington on the frontispiece of his autobiography, Music Is My Mistress. It is attached to the side wall of Mood Indigo, the “nostalgia” shop adjacent to the Green Line metro station at 13th and U Streets, N.W.
Duke Ellington Mural
Address: 1214 U Street North West, Washington, DC 20009
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