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Off the Wall: New Mural Pays Tribute to Prince, Ali and Obamas

Image: Muralist Aniekan Udofia, left, works on his new mural
Muralist Aniekan Udofia, left, works on his new mural with art director Mia Duvall at Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street NW while the matriarch Virginia Ali, surrounded by the Ali family, is interviewed by members of the media in Washington on June 2, 2017. Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Barack and Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, Harriet Tubman and Prince are some of the people being featured in a new mural at a landmark restaurant in Washington.

Image: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, center, pays for a chili
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama pays for a chili half smoke with a side of shredded cheese at Ben's Chili Bowl on Jan. 10, 2009. Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Artist Aniekan Udofia began the mural Thursday evening at Ben’s Chili Bowl. The mural, named “The Torch,” pays tribute to African American culture. The work is scheduled to be complete with the artist's signature vibrant colors by mid-June, according to The Washington Post.

Image: Pedestrians walk past the new mural at Ben's Chili Bowl
Pedestrians walk past the new mural at Ben's Chili Bowl on June 5, 2017. Selma Baradat / AFP - Getty Images

The restaurant announced earlier this year that it was “time to refresh and repaint” an earlier mural that dated to 2012. Udofia also created that mural which featured other celebrities including comedian Bill Cosby.

The restaurant came up with a list of over 50 people and asked customers to vote on who they would like to see on the new mural.