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Former Mayor And Prominent Businessman Phil Van Every Memorialized By Trail of History

Phil Van Every and Dwight D. Eisenhower
Phil Van Every Foundation
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower [right] and Charlotte Mayor Phil Van Every celebrate Freedom Day in Freedom Park on May 18, 1954.

Former Charlotte mayor and businessman Phil Van Every will be the latest statue erected as part of the Trail of History’s memorialization of individuals who shaped and defined Charlotte.



Phil Van Every
Credit Phil Van Every Foundation
Phil Van Every

Dr. Tony Zeiss, Chairman of the Trail, said Every was selected as the 12th statue due to his commitment to Charlotte and his leadership. Other statues include William Henry Belk, Captain Jack and Thomas Polk.


The grandson and son of Lance Packing Company founders Philip L. Lance and Salem A. Van Every, Phil Van Every joined the snack company in 1932 as a salesman.


By 1961 he was the president and CEO of the company, overseeing its plant expansion on what is now South Boulevard, where Lance snacks are still made today.


Van Every also served as mayor pro tem and mayor of Charlotte for two terms from 1953 - 1957. As mayor, he presided over the completion of Independence Boulevard, an expansion of Memorial Hospital, the building of Park Road Shopping Center and Ovens Auditorium-Coliseum complex, and the fundraising campaign for the Dowd YMCA.


The statue unveiling will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway behind the Metropolitan shopping center. 

Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.