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Marion Barry Gravesite Gets Permanent Marker

Two years after his death, former Mayor Marion Barry’s gravesite has received a permanent marker.

Relatives and friends of the former District of Columbia mayor gathered at Congressional Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to unveil a monument in his honor. The event was sponsored by Cora Masters Barry and the Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Committee.

Several people worked together to plan the monument, including Barry’s widow, Cora Masters Barry, and his son, Marion Christopher Barry who tragically lost his own life last August.

A spokeswoman for Barry’s family, Raymone Bain, says the process took longer than expected in part because the original design had to be scrapped for not conforming to the cemetery’s requirements. She says Christopher Barry’s death was another setback.

Mayor Barry died in November 2014 at age 78. He served four terms as mayor and was known as the District’s “Mayor for Life.”

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