On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Destination Congress Heights Main Street Program, in collaboration with The Congress Heights Community Partnership, and The Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation (CHCTDC) unveiled a gorgeous mural on the side of 3211, a residence in the “Soul of the City”, also known as, DC’s Ward 8 Congress Heights community.
The vibrant mural depicts Dorothy I. Height, an iconic African American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women’s rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.
“I am really happy to have our 1st mural project that happens to celebrate one of Delta Sigma Theta’s Sorority Incorporated ‘Super Women’ and I am excited about the next one.” explains Monica Ray, CHCTDC’s Executive Director.
“By promoting local artist talents and engaging the neighborhood students from Democracy Prep Public Charter School (Old Congress Heights School) to help contribute to the masterpiece, the mural completion will forever be a milestone with a lasting effect on the neighborhood.”, says Ebony Kirby. CHCTDC’s Small Business Counselor.
Research continues to prove the positively social, cultural, and healthy benefits of mural accessibility; therefore, impacted neighbors and visitors are constantly reminded why murals matter.
“The goal of the initiative is using murals to create a tangible sense of place and destination, resulting in increased foot traffic along the Congress Heights business corridor while adding color, vibrancy, and character to the community.”, said Wendell Quann, Project Director for Destination Congress Heights. “Our mission is to cultivate a healthy business corridor and neighborhood through public art, beautification, education and celebration of our history and culture. Through the visual aesthetic, our first Dorothy I. Height mural and future corridor murals will promote a sense of identity, belonging, welcoming, and openness which strengthens our community identification.” Quann, concluded.