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Picture of various famous signs from Plaza Midwood.

Collaborative Exhibit Opening Soon at the Plaza Midwood Library!

February 3, 2023

*Written by Lisa Swayne Proud of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association*

The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association was thrilled to be gifted the old Penguin sign, but how could we best honor and display the sign? After a lot of starts, stops, discussions and Board votes, we found the perfect solution with the help of the Plaza Midwood Merchants Association and WhirlyPig Design.

Together and just in time for PMNA’s 50th anniversary, we’re creating a permanent Plaza Midwood exhibit at the Plaza Midwood Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. In addition to the Penguin sign, the exhibit will include old business signs that neighbor Murray Chapple of WhirlyPig Design has collected over the years: the 1510 antiques, City Supply and Fresh Produce.

"As a community hub, our goal is to create a welcoming space that reflects the diversity and unique character of the neighborhood. The Library is proud to preserve the rich history of Plaza Midwood through this new exhibit," said Catherine Haydon, Plaza Midwood Library Manager.

We’re thrilled the Plaza Midwood Library has agreed to host this exhibit. Plus, add to it! Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room staff is curating historic Plaza Midwood photography to be displayed with the old business signs. The new exhibit will also include pieces that the very first PMNA President Mary Anne Hammond donated like the old trolley track that ran down Central Avenue and a copy of PMNA’s very first neighborhood directory.

Thank you to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for hosting the exhibit, WhirlyPig Design for installing all of the pieces and PMNA for funding the project. We can’t wait for the neighborhood to see it