Teacher at Macfarland Middle School and national artist Charles Jean-Pierre wanted to create something to pay homage to the way Chuck Brown influenced D.C. and brought the community together. Thus, he came up with the idea of a mural.
Jean-Pierre and James Flowers, dean of Macfarland Middle School, organized some of his students and reached out to the owner of the popular Caribbean restaurant Sweet Mango on Georgia Avenue. Jean-Pierre explained the conversation he had with management to tmottgogo.com:
“When we proposed the idea to them, the answer wasn’t ‘Yes.’ It was ‘When are you going to get started?’” says Jean-Pierre. The students committed five hours to the project on Friday night and finished up Tuesday.
The 18-foot-high mural is located on the side of the restaurant and it is based on a photo by Washington City Paper photographer Darrow Montgomery.
Brown’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29.