Residents and visitors of the Eckington industrial neighborhood in Washington, D.C., are admiring a new mural that honors the workers who built the Lincoln Memorial. The mural is located in a popular area alongside the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
“It's not just honoring Abraham Lincoln, but it's honoring the people — the men and women —bthat actually built the memorial,” consumer attorney and amateur photographer Flavio Cumpiano told NBC Washington. “It's important for historical purposes, and also it's a beautiful work of art.”
New York artist Garen Baker designed the mural after winning a $50,000 nationwide contest to commission the art piece on an old warehouse. Baker told NBC Washington that it's important to remember the sons and grandsons of slaves who helped build the monument. Entitled "28 Blocks" after the stones used to build the Lincoln Memorial, the mural can be seen from blocks away and is part of an effort to repurpose the area into new businesses and homes.
“What we are doing here is bringing art and history to what was a blighted area,” said Joia Nuri, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of General Services.
A ceremony celebrating the mural is expected later in the fall. See the trailer of the making of the mural below.