Howard Lumber yard receives new Eagle statue

Luke Pashke

Above: Howard’s new Eagle statue released by artists Courtney Ryan and Jessamy McManus. Photo courtesy of GS Office of Marketing & Communications.

The newest addition to Eagle Nation on Parade (ENOP) project was unveiled Sep. 9 at Howard Lumber and Hardware on Gentilly Road in Statesboro.

The statue, titled the “Legacy of Lumber,” was designed and crafted by Courtney Ryan and Jessamy McManus, two graduate students of the art department here at Georgia Southern. It was then commissioned by Arthur and Carol Howard, the owners of the lumber yard, who have been in the lumber industry in Bulloch County since 1898.

According to Georgia Southern’s press release, the sculpture is a “tribute to the family’s heritage and reflects the evolution of their business – from a small, man-powered sawmill to a technologically advanced, full line manufacturer and distributor of lumber products in the city of Statesboro.”

The new Eagle replaces the yard’s previous statue that was vandalized in Nov. of 2013. The general manager at the time hoped the statute could be repaired and returned to it’s place at the entrance of the yard, but there was no luck until now. *Refer to “Reference Links” below to read previous story.

What is Eagle Nation on Parade?

Eagle Nation on Parade is a public art project where selected students are given the opportunity to uniquely design an eagle sculpture and then unveil it at a selected area of the community. The program hopes to promote campus and community unity, as well as contribute to the quality of life here in Statesboro.