May 30, 2018 (Flint, MI) –The Flint Women’s Forum (FWF) has announced today its partnership with the Automotive Heritage Committee of Back to the Bricks to produce a 3rd statue in at Bishop International Airport, which will be of Rosie the Riveter. The Rosie the Riveter statue will be on display in the baggage carrousel area of the Flint Bishop Airport when completed sometime in early 2019.
“We are honored to have been chosen to help lead this project and bring a Rosie the Riveter statue to Flint,” said Meagan Cooke, President of the Flint Women’s Forum. “Rosie represents the spirit of the American working woman. Her continued message coincides with our mission to help bring female leaders of the community together for purpose.”
In 2012, Back to the Bricks unveiled the first of several commemorative statues of important automotive pioneers including life size bronze replicas of David Buick, William C. (Billy) Durant, Louis Chevrolet and Albert Champion. Other statues include Walter P. Chrysler and Charles Nash welcome visitors at the baggage carousels by where Rosie will reside. Bronze replicas of Charles Stewart Mott grace the campus of the college that bears his name and a second version is in the GM Automotive Pioneers Plaza Downtown Flint. A statue of Otto P Graff, one of the first auto dealers in Genesee County and a contemporary of the Auto Pioneers is also located in Downtown Flint. These statues, created by local artist Joe Rundell, celebrate key leaders in business, industry, and labor whose vision, ingenuity, and determination became an integral part of the heritage and culture of the “Vehicle City.”
The Back to the Bricks Automotive Heritage Committee chose the Flint Women’s Forum to help lead the way of this particular statue for their commitment to honoring, gathering, and celebrating women in the community. Both parties felt Rosie the Riveter embodied the perseverance and commemoration of the hard- working women in the Flint area and Michigan overall.
“The Back to the Bricks Automotive Heritage Committee is delighted that Flint Women’s Forum is taking on the responsibility to raise the funds for the only women statue in our overall Statue Project,” Al Hatch, Chairman of the Board for Back to the Bricks, stated. “Their partnership with us on this project has been invaluable.”
Those wishing to donate to the Rosie the Riveter Statue project can do so by sending a check made out
to “Back to the Bricks – Rosie Fund” attention Business Manager, Mary Wood, 7377 New Hampshire Drive, Davison, MI 48423. All donations are tax deductible.
ABOUT ROSIE THE RIVETER
Rosie the Riveter was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, and she became the most iconic image of working women. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol
Rosie is based on a real person, Rose Will Monroe, who worked on the line as a riveter at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti Michigan.
Article Courtesy of Back to the Bricks