Soul Pole.

Soul Pole

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Seattle, Washington

The Soul Pole is a totem pole carved in the late 1960s by the Seattle Rotary Boys Club to "represent 400 years of African American history." Standing 21 feet tall, the figure at the bottom suggests African ancestors, those in the middle are frowning and wrapped in chains, while the topmost figure is chain-free and smiling. The upper figure also wears a metal cap, but this is not symbolic; it was attached in 2022 to help protect the Soul Pole from Seattle weather. Considering its age, the pole has held up pretty well.

Soul Pole

Address:
2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle, WA
Directions:
East of downtown, on the northeast corner of E. Yesler Way and 23rd Ave., outside the Douglass-Truth library branch.
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