- John T Williams Pole | Daily Journal of Commerce — "Local firm helps place Seattle Center pole", March, 2012
- John T Williams Pole | Seattle Times — "New totem pole is raised in honor of slain carver John T. Williams", February, 2012
The John T. Williams Memorial Pole was erected to raise awareness of the traditions, history, and culture of Seattle’s native populations. Williams, a First Nations woodcarver, was fatally shot by former Seattle police Officer Ian Birk in August 2010. Williams was carrying a knife and a piece of wood when he was shot.
Carved by Williams’ family and friends, the 34-foot pole includes depictions of a perched eagle, mother raven and a figure of a woodcarver. Located at Seattle Center, the Memorial Pole was installed and gifted to the City of Seattle during a ceremony on Sunday, February 26, 2012.
The pro bono design team was led by Suyama Peterson Deguchi; other pro bono contributors include Andersen Construction, Swenson Say Faget, GeoEngineers, Malcolm Drilling, GeoTest, B & B Aircraft Equipment and Ness Crane. Fundraising and pro bono contributions are still being sought for Phase II, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2012.