NFC Playoff Game, Panthers v. Forty-Niners, James Howell’s invocation, “Ice Up Son”, Hugh McManaway Statue – Myers Park/Charlotte NC:
I noticed Hugh yesterday. “”Ice up, son, ice up” Thanks, Alice, for the picture!
If you frequent the intersection of Providence and Queens, you’ve surely noticed that a Charlotte landmark, the statue of Hugh McManaway, was knocked off its pedestal last week. Those who frequent CharlotteObserver.com know that the statue will be repaired, perhaps at the expense of the driver charged Tuesday for knocking it down.
But what’s the story behind the statue? It’s been up almost a dozen years now, and it’s not only a tribute to a Myers Park eccentric, but a reminder of a different Charlotte. Here’s the Observer article from Dec. 10, 2000, written by (young) reporter Peter St. Onge.
Statue recalls a gentle Myers Park Era
In her day – before she left the city and so many others arrived – she drove her parents’ Chrysler around this neighborhood, past the old Park Road Pharmacy toward the stoplight at Providence and Queens. “Right here, ” Kitty Gaston said, shivering in the cold of a December morning. “That’s where he stood.”
His name was Hugh McManaway, and in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, he stood short and stocky at the Myers Park intersection, waving a white dish towel during morning and afternoon rush hours, directing the day’s traffic. He was embraced by most in the neighborhood, tolerated by some, taunted by too many.
On Saturday, he was honored with a 4-foot bronze statue placed in the median where he stood, a reminder not only of a Charlotte eccentric, but of a city once small enough to embrace them.
I like black … I wear it well …
Ice Up, Son!
James Howell’s invocation was nice. It went downhill from there.