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Amelia Bedelia Statue — Manning, South Carolina

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Possibly Manning‘s most famous and beloved citizen came from the imagination of another well-known and treasured native. Amelia Bedelia, the children’s book character who taught many young readers about figurative language, is the creation of Manning author Peggy Parish. Generations of children grew up reading the Amelia Bedelia series, beginning from the publication of the first book, Amelia Bedelia, in 1963 by Harper & Row.

Amelia Bedelia Statue

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Following Parish’s death in 1988, her nephew, Herman Parish, continued the series, beginning in 1995. The books center around a housekeeper who interprets her employers’ instructions literally, leading to comic scenarios that delight both child and adult readers.

Amelia Bedelia Statue

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1999 a five-foot-tall statue of the character was unveiled in front of the Harvin Clarendon County Library. Sculpted by James Chaconas of Lugoff, the bronze likeness depicts the character in her trademark uniform, including her over-sized bonnet.

Reflections on the Amelia Bedelia Statue

Contributor Linda Brown shares, “This statue of Manning native Peggy Parish’s beloved character, Amelia Bedelia, is on the grounds of the Harvin Clarendon County Library. Peggy Parish’s father, Herman, was once the owner and operator of the Manning Hotel. After her death, her nephew, also named Herman, has continued the Amelia Bedelia series about a very literal-minded housekeeper. Amelia Bedelia celebrated her 50th anniversary in 2013.”

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Amelia Bedelia Statue Info

Address: 215 North Brooks Street, Manning, SC 29102
GPS Coordinates: 33.699633,-80.210829

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