Since the shooting of John T. Williams in 2010, native communities and other Seattle residents, public officials, and police have sought to further justice and help heal the spiritual wounds inflicted the day he was killed.
On Sunday (Feb. 26, John T. Williams' birthday), an honor totem pole carved by brother Rick Williams and the Williams family, along with other native woodcarvers, will be carried to Seattle Center and raised on its permanent foundation. The project has received in-kind pro bono support from the city of Seattle, Seattle Center, and local firms well known for their work in design, structural and soils engineering, drilling, construction, quality wood, and other services.
The gift of peace will be celebrated as follows:
10 a.m. — Pier 57, the 1300 block of Alaskan Way: Friends of John T. Williams and the Williams family and participants in the totem pole project will gather with Seattle officials and members of the public.
11 a.m. — Along the waterfront and up Broad Street: A ceremonial procession will carry the totem pole to Seattle Center.
1 p.m. — Seattle Center (south of Experience Music, east of the Space Needle, in the area bounded by Broad and Thomas Streets and 4th and 5th Avenues North): The pole will be raised.
2 p.m. — At the space surrounding the newly erected pole: The honor totem pole will be given to the City of Seattle as part of a program of celebrative speech, song, drumming, and blessings led by tribal leaders Arlie Neskahi (Navaho) and Jack Thompson (Chief Councillor, Ditidaht First Nation). Participating Seattle officials will include mayor Mike McGinn and councilmember Bruce Harrell. Rick Williams, First Nations Carver, will also be present.
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