With your votes, Ben's Chili Bowl might add the faces of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi to their iconic mural.
Harriet Tubman, Barack and Michelle Obama, Dave Chappelle, and Prince—just a few of the famous African Americans that grace Washington, D.C.’s mural of honor. While people flock to Ben’s Chili Bowl for their delicious and famous chili, they stay for the mural and the rich culture it brings to the nation’s capital.
Now, Ben’s Chili Bowl is looking to add NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter to the mural in honor of their beautiful life together.
On January 26, 2020, Kobe, his daughter Gianna (called Gigi), and seven other lives were taken from the earth too soon when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California. Across the nation, their legacy has been honored through countless memorials, vigils, and prayers.
Fans are now looking to add to their legacy by creating a memorial right in the nation’s capital.
According to Ben’s Chili Bowl owner Virginia Ali, “People are calling. People are saying, ‘When are you putting Kobe on the wall?’”
Although Ali loves the idea of putting the Bryants' faces on the wall, it is not her decision to make. The community decides who makes it on the wall, and therefore, Ali is putting it up to a vote. With the help of ABC7, Ben’s Chili Bowl will host an online vote asking the D.C. area whether they would like to see the Bryants' faces added to the iconic wall.
Although details about the online voting have not been released yet, be sure to stay tuned and vote when the time comes. The decision lies with all of you.