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May 16, 2018

Mural dedication to honor late journalist, trailblazer Ed Bradley

Bradley was a Philly native and the first black television reporter to cover the White House

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The mural sits at 949 Belmont Ave. in the neighborhood where Bradley grew up.

Mural Arts Philadelphia will dedicate a new mural in West Philadelphia to late "60 Minutes" journalist and Philly native Ed Bradley this Saturday after nearly a year of work.

The mural sits at 949 Belmont Ave. in the neighborhood where Bradley grew up.

Artist Ernel Martinez depicted Bradley’s 26 years as a correspondent for CBS News and high-profile career as a television reporter for the mural. Bradley was the first black television reporter to cover the White House and eventually anchor his own broadcast, “CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley.”

The dedication ceremony this Saturday will begin at 12 p.m.

On Wednesday a preview of the mural brought together former colleagues of Bradley, local media and members of Mural Arts.


The year-long project was put together on 6 ft. by 6 ft. squares of parachute cloth, enabling about 100 students and members of the public to participate in the creation paint-by-number style. 

Last summer, students from three Philadelphia schools traveled to New York to help paint the mural at the CBS Broadcast Center.

Bradley died at the age of 65 in November 2006 from complications from lymphocytic leukemia.