Myers Park statue returns to pedestal

Myers Park statue returns to pedestal

Credit: The Charlotte Observer

Traffic flows by the famous Hugh McManaway statue at Queens and Providence on November 8, 2012. The statue, which had been knocked down by a drunk driver a month or so ago, is back on its pedestal after being repaired by the city public arts people.

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by The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 11:39 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The bronze Hugh McManaway statue is back on its pedestal at Queens and Providence roads.

The Myers Park landmark was knocked from its foundation in late August by a hit-and-run driver who was later charged in the wreck. Kimberly McMillan, spokeswoman for the city of Charlotte, said the driver’s insurance covered the cost of repairs, and the city reinstalled the statue.

“He’s back, much to the community’s delight,” she said.

McManaway, who died in 1989, lived a few blocks from the intersection and often directed traffic at the intersection, wearing a yellow raincoat and a hat.

In his honor, several Myers Park residents joined with business leader Hugh McColl Jr. and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council to erect the statue in December 2000.

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