George Washington in the News

Dr. Isaac Pope speaks at the Friends and Family Night for George Washington hosted by the McMenamins Olympic Club. Photo courtesy of Brian Mittge

Voices: McMenamins Donates $6,700 to George & Mary Jane Washington Statue – By Brian Mittge / George Washington Bicentennial Committee Chairman Nov 24, 2017

This clay likeness of Centralia founder George Washington is part of the full-size model that Adna artist Jim Stafford is creating in his studio. Brian Mittge / Courtesy Photo

George and Mary Jane Washington: Money Raised Tuesday, Nov. 21, Will Go Toward Fundraising Effort for Life-Sized Statue in Washington Park – By The Chronicle, November 17, 2017

Jim Stafford, a Lewis County sculptor, adds detail to the model of George Washington, Centralia’s founder. Stafford had only four photos of Washington for reference. “When you do something like this,” he said, “you seem like you get to know them. You’re absorbing them in a sense. What they’re all about and how they think and what they do. I’ve spent most of the year reading about him and then digging into him.” (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

As Confederate statues fall, this Washington town is creating a monument to its black founder – By Jayson Jenks
Seattle Times staff reporter,  October 19, 2017

Crowds visible through the front window of the Wilson Hotel on Thursday night during the gala opening of the George Washington Pop-Up Museum. Photo courtesy Tory Graf Centralia Downtown Association

Mittge Commentary: Three Good Reasons to Venture Out Into the Storm – By Brian Mittge for the Chronicle, October 20, 2017

George Washington Photos

Historic pictures of Centralia founder George Washington hang on the bulletin board in Jim Stafford’s Adna studio in this February file photo. (Photo by Pete Caster /

Year-Long Celebration of ‘Our George Washington’ Closing In– by Jordan Nailon, The Chronicle, July 28, 2017


George Washington Mural

George Washington, the founder of Centralia, Wash., is featured in a mural on the side of a bank in town, one of many memorials there in his honor. (R. Gregory Nokes)

Oregon should follow Washington’s lead in honoring early African Americans– by Jordan Nailon, The Chronicle, July 28, 2017

Malachi Simper, 16, looks over an Eagle Scout work party that drew more than 75 people to Washington Lawn Cemetery, the final resting place of Centralia’s founders. (Photo by Jordan Nailon /

Eagle Scout: Malachi Simper Amazed by Turnout and Impact of Project at Cemetery Where Centralia Founder George Washington and His Family Are Buried – by Jordan Nailon, The Chronicle, May 16, 2017

Spectrum Painting owner Todd Watson (left) and reinstall the downtown Centralia George Washington mural after they restored it, free of charge. (Photo by Pete Caster /

Downtown Mural of Centralia Founder George Washington Touched Up and Reinstalled – by Jordan Nailon, The Chronicle, Jan. 27, 2017

KOIN 6 reporter Ken Boddie reports on George Washington and Centralia.

Where We Live: George Washington, founder of Centralia – by Ken Boddie, KOIN Television

Quintard Taylor, a history professor at the University of Washington and founder of, speaks about the history of African-Americans in the Pacific Northwest during a talk at the Fox Theatre in 2015. (Photo by Pete Caster /

Event Highlights Founder of Centralia, African American Roots – by Justyna Tomtas, The Chronicle, Sep 25, 2015