Legendary journalist Ed Bradley celebrated with new mural in West Philadelphia

Ed Bradley was described as an inspiration, and now it's hoped that his image will do the same.

Kimberly Adams
June 16, 2018 - 3:39 pm
Ed Bradley Mural

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It was a homecoming of sorts for a late CBS News journalist who hails from West Philadelphia. Ed Bradley was described as an inspiration, and now it's hoped that his image will do the same. 

Hundreds of people packed the 900 block of Belmont Avenue on Saturday, paying tribute to Bradley. He grew up in Philadelphia and now the journalist's image will be everlasting with a colorful mural.

"For him to be back here in his neighborhood, it's one of the most beautiful, fitting and touching homecomings he could have hoped for," said Bradley's widow, Patricia.  

"60 Minutes" colleague Steve Kroft agreed.
  
"He was just a wonderful human being," Kroft said. "As good a journalist he was, he was even a better person."

Mural artist Ernel Martinez says he hopes this image serves as an inspiration, especially to the younger generation.

"When children walk by you want them not only be drawn to the colors, but to be curious as to why this gentleman is already on the wall," Martinez said.

And some, like 13-year-old Melvin Boulware, are already there.

"(The mural) inspires me to do good things," he said.