Ben’s Chili Bowl Historic Docs Head to GW

Family gives artifacts to GWU’s Africana Research Center

By Nancy Norman
|  Thursday, Feb 10, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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The family of the founder of the iconic Ben's Chili Bowl eatery will present historic artifacts to the Africana Research Center at the George Washington University.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl, the iconic eatery on U Street, is more than just a place to get the best chili dogs in town. It is an institution, reflecting the changing African-American culture in Washington since it opened in 1958.

Next week the wife and children of the late owner, Ben Ali, will present artifacts and documents from the Washington landmark to the Africana Research Center at the library of the George Washington University.

Photos, papers and documents from Ben’s Chili Bowl will be given to the Africana Research Center so it can continue to develop and preserve a collection to support research on the African-American experience throughout the 20th century.

Some of the artifacts were lost to the family throughout the years.  It was almost a treasure hunt getting them back.

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