FLINT — Public invited to unveiling ceremony, classic car cruise-in celebrating C.S. Mott at Mott Library
Mott Community College will unveil a beautiful, bronze statue of the Flint area’s most ardent champion and greatest benefactor: Charles Stewart Mott on the Flint campus, August 6.
Several MCC officials, dignitaries, business leaders, and community members have been invited to attend the ceremonial unveiling of the statue, scheduled for 10 am, Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Mott Library, including Charles Stewart Mott Foundation President Ridgway White (CS Mott’s great-grandson), Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Williams Weaver, MCC President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea and Back to the Bricks, Inc. Chairman Al Hatch. A group of classic car enthusiasts will also be on hand to mark the historic occasion by showcasing their unique vehicles, with a cruise-in starting at 8 am.
The statue, to be installed at the entrance of the Mott Library (where Mr. Mott’s old office is located), is the eighth in a series of statues honoring automotive pioneers — the direct result of a partnership forged between the Auto Heritage Committee of Back to the Bricks, Inc. and the MCC Alumni Association. All of the statues, including the life-size CS Mott statue, were created by Flint engraver/sculptor Joe Rundell and have been placed in downtown Flint and other locations throughout the community.
“We are extremely proud to recognize Charles Stewart Mott’s significant contributions to our campus, our community and our region with this great statue, so that our current students and future students will be inspired to achieve the highest level of their potential,” Dr. Walker-Griffea stated.
The rich tradition of excellence the Mott College campus community enjoys today has been largely made possible by the extensive contributions of automotive pioneer C.S. Mott.
A prominent businessman and philanthropist who also served two terms as Mayor of the City of Flint, Mr. Mott was one of the original partners in the creation of General Motors Corp. He served on the GM board of directors for 60 years until his death in 1973 at the age of 97. Upon his death, Flint’s Genesee Community College was renamed Charles Stewart Mott Community College in honor of its greatest benefactor.
The Back to the Bricks organization, the producer of the nationally recognized car show that brings tens of thousands of people to the Flint/Genesee County area every summer, initially partnered with the MCC Alumni Association to raise the funds for the life-size, bronze statue of Charles Stewart Mott. To date, Back to the Bricks has unveiled eight commemorative statues of automotive pioneers, including life-size replicas of David Buick, William C. (Billy) Durant, Louis Chevrolet, Walter P. Chrysler and others.
The cost of the Mott statue and its installation was made possible by generous support from a host of organizations and individuals across the community. Major contributors include Back to the Bricks Board of Directors, committee members and supporters; The Foundation for Mott Community College; the Bruin Club of Genesee County and the Rotary Club of Flint. For additional information about the C.S. Mott statue or supporting MCC programs and initiatives, please call The Foundation for Mott Community College at 810-762-0425. — G.G.