Peace Pole

Help plant another peace pole!

Share the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.

On August 6, 2016, the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers) planted a peace pole at their meetinghouse on Pisgah Church Road as part of their 26 th Annual Hiroshima Peace Vigil. Representatives of many faith communities shared prayers for peace as the pole was planted.
The planting was the beginning of the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, dedicated to planting peace poles around the Midlands in the coming years.
Within Columbia, South Carolina, a self-declared Mayor’s for Peace City, peace poles have sprouted up in various locales as the result of grassroots collaboration.
In 2021 the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative will realize one more needed monument to peace, in partnership with One Columbia for Arts and Culture (onecolumbiasc.com). The Initiative and One Columbia for Arts and Culture are in the process of commission a local artist to design a peace pole to be placed in the downtown Vista, where a series of public art works see a high degree of foot traffic. This sculpture will be installed within a two-block median on Senate Street, between the SC Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The peace pole sculpture, proclaiming “May peace prevail on earth” in many languages, promises to provoke thoughtful reflection and make a statement about our shared desire for a
peaceful world. Plans are to dedicate the peace pole in early August as part of the annual Hiroshima Remembrance Vigil.
The chosen artist and conceptual drawings will be announced soon. Currently, one-third of the total $9,000 budget for the project has been raised by members of the community.

To support the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, please send checks, made out to One Columbia and designated for “Columbia Peace Pole Initiative,” to: One Columbia, 1219 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201. Receipts for tax deductions sent by request.
Donations may also be made via One Columbia’s PayPal account (but please note that a 2% fee will be incurred): https://www.paypal.com/donatehosted_button_id=RS65NKPXJQGZU

For more information contact Elaine Frick, a member of the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative at
803-799-6437 or elainefrick@bellsouth.net.

What is a Peace Pole?

 A Peace Pole is usually a four-sided pole with the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in four languages, one on each side.
 Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace.
 Peace Poles symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace.
 They remind us to think, speak, and act in the spirit of peace and harmony.
 They stand as a silent visual for peace to prevail on earth.

Thanks to the efforts of the Peace Pole Project (worldpeace.org) to date there are more than 200,000 Peace Poles planted in over 190 countries around the world, all serving as a reminder for us to visualize and pray for world peace. The inspiration for this universal message and prayer for world peace came to Masahisa Goi of Japan, who wanted to make public statements about peace. After witnessing the devastation caused by World War II and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Mr. Goi dedicated himself to working for world peace.
Japan has an on-going tradition of vertical stones with text engraved in them. So when, in 1955, Mr. Goi wanted to make public statements about peace in Japan, that was the tradition he followed. The first Peace Poles outside of Japan began to appear in towns and cities around the world in the early 1980’s. They now link each community with people all over the world who have also planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace.