Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich

by Roy Peratrovich, Jr.
bronze 9.5 x 11 x 6

This bronze portrayal of anti-discrimination campaigner Elizabeth Peratrovich was created by her eldest son. Born in Klawock into the Raven clan, Roy studied in Colorado and Washington, where he completed his BSCE at the University of Washington. He was the first Alaska Native to become a registered professional civil engineer. After working as a bridge designer for the City of Seattle and State of Alaska, he co-founded a nationally recognized firm of engineers. In 1999 he turned to full time art, working across media but preferring sculpture. Much of his work comes from Tlingit culture and stories.

Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich was born in Petersburg, Alaska. She attended college at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka and at what is now Western Washington University. When she and her family returned to Juneau, they encountered discrimination in seeking jobs and housing. This spurred her to fight for Native Alaskan equality.

In 1988 the Legislature designated February 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. This was the day in 1945 in which the Anti-Discrimination Act was signed.