Lawrence’s eighth peace pole, planted on the University of Kansas campus, was dedicated at 5:30 p.m. on May 1, 2006, along the path between Haworth and Malott halls.
Kazumi Nakayama of The World Peace Prayer Society in Japan donated the eight-foot, hand-crafted pole that displays the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in eight languages - English, Spanish, Japanese, Shona, Farsi, Georgian, Turkish and Chinese. KU alumna Leslie Green Renzelman worked with Nakayama to choose KU as a site. The Alpha Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society donated the funds for the installation and the International Student Association (ISA) will donate an explanatory plaque. ISA and Phi Beta Delta hosted the dedication ceremony, which included a delightful May Pole dance.
The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by The World Peace Prayer Society, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization founded in 1955 by Masahisa Goi. Today more than 200,000 poles are in 180 countries to remind people to keep peace in their thoughts.
Lawrence's other peace poles are at Unity Church, Oread Friends Meeting, First Methodist Church, South Park, Ecumenical Christian Ministries, Unitarian Fellowship and Veterans' Park.