The Soul Pole holds great significance as a representation of "400 years of African American history and the struggle for justice in the United States." Donated by the Rotary Boys Club in 1972, this artwork graces the Douglass-Truth Library. It was crafted from a repurposed telephone pole. The accompanying plaque bears the names of those who contributed to transforming it into the remarkable piece that stands today.
The Soul Pole stands as a celebratory homage to art, culture, and the history of Black individuals in Seattle's Central District. Dating back to 1969, its creation was part of the summer arts festival under the Model Cities Program, an initiative aimed at highlighting African American history.