The man known as Ponytail died in January, but he is still revered along U Street in Northwest Washington where he shined shoes for so many years.
Employees Kenneth Bailey Bey, left, and Joe Alfred shine shoes of patrons Irving Russell, seated left, and York Van Nixon at the Ponytail's Shoe Shine Salon in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 25, 2012. It's an old-fashioned shoe shine parlor that is hanging on after its owner, Donald "Ponytail" Betts, died in January. A makeshift shrine for him is in the window. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo