Murals of Ethiopian Rulers in the Meaza Restaurant


Location: 5700 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041


The walls of Meaza Restaurant in Falls Church contain murals of Ethiopia rulers including Emperior Yohannes IV, Emperor Tewodros II, Emperor Menelik I, Empress Taitu, and Haile Selassie. Under the leadership of Menelik II and Taitu, Ethiopians defeated the Italians in 1896 at the Battle of Adwa. In the late 1930s, Ethiopians under the rule of Haile Selassie, fought the Italians again — this time with the help of African American Tuskegee airmen, including John Robinson. A bust of Robinson can be found in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa.

Photo credit: Africa Access