Published Nov 23, 2014 at 2:52 AM | Updated at 9:12 AM PST on Mar 5, 2018
A larger-than-life statue now honors D.C. "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry. The eight-foot-high statue outside the Wilson Building, on Pennsylvania Avenue, was unveiled in a ceremony Saturday.
"Sometime after Martin Luther King had a dream, and before President Obama gave us hope, it was Marion Barry that gave opportunity to Washington, D.C.," Mayor Muriel Bowser said at the ceremony.
When many Americans think of Barry, they think only of disgrace and public scandal. The late mayor was caught on video smoking crack cocaine in a 1990 FBI sting. But inside D.C., his legacy is more complicated. He dominated a generation of Washington politics and is adored by many as a champion of civil rights and advocate for the city's downtrodden. Even after serving six months in prison for cocaine possession, Barry won a fourth mayoral term and then spent nearly a decade on the city council until his 2014 death.