DC adds 51 murals across the city to promote statehood

Lisa Marie Thalhammer (standing) is one of eight artists selected to paint 51 murals promoting statehood across the District.

Ahead of last week’s historic vote by the U.S. House of Representatives in support of DC statehood, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned #MuralsDC51, a project to create 51 statehood, Black history, and social justice themed murals across all eight wards.

“As more Americans learn about and join our fight for statehood, these murals will reflect our local pride and our commitment to seeing this fight through to the end – until we are officially the 51st state,” said Mayor Bowser.

The murals were created by local artists, and the project is part of the Murals DC program housed at the Department of Public Works. #MuralsDC51 is being supported by the Department of Public Works, EventsDC, and the DC Housing Finance Agency. Residents and visitors are encouraged to post pictures of these and other murals using the hashtag #MuralsDC51.

The murals are located at:

    • 201 Bryant Street NW
    • 620 T Street NW
    • 1351 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    • 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    • 2309 Wisconsin Avenue NW
    • 4608 14th Street NW
    • 1310 Childress Street NE
    • 1725 West Virginia Avenue NE
    • 1333 H Street NE
    • 640 10th Street NE
    • 1350 49th Street NE
    • 801 Virginia Avenue SE
    • 2700 South Capitol Street SE

The passage of H.R. 51 marked the first time DC statehood was approved by a chamber of Congress. A group of Republican U.S. senators have vowed to fight D.C. statehood and have urged the GOP leadership  to allow for a Senate vote, where they believed it will be soundly rejected.  However, no vote is expect to be scheduled.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

1 Comment
  1. Hello Troy,

    We were hunting for the mural at 1725 West Va. Ave. NE but could not find it. Have you seen it? Does it really exists. We could only find 49 of the murals. We had 10 eyes looking but could not find 2 which we thought must be on West Va.
    thank you for any assistance you can give.

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