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Seattle artist chosen for Billy Frank, Jr. statue in U.S. Capitol!

“Tribal activist Billy Frank Jr. of the Nisqually tribe, pumps his fist in 2004 as the Washington State Historical Court overturned the murder conviction of Chief Leschi, a Nisqually leader who was hanged in 1858 for the killing a United States soldier.”
Credit: Tony Overman, The Olympian

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From The Olympian:

A renowned Seattle artist has been chosen to design a statue of Billy Frank Jr. for display in the nation’s capital, according to the Washington State Arts Commission.

Haiying Wu, who designed the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square, will create a likeness of Frank for Statuary Hall at the Capitol Building, where each U.S. state can display two statues, ArtsWA said in a statement Thursday, Jan. 26.

Wu, a native of China, has created public art throughout the Northwest and sometimes uses the “socialist realist” style that glorifies working people.


In Statuary Hall, Washington state currently has likenesses of Northwest missionary Mother Joseph and doctor and missionary Marcus Whitman.

Frank’s statue is slated to replace Whitman’s, possibly as early as 2024, ArtsWA told The Bellingham Herald in an email.

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