City of Greenville to honor life, legacy of Southernside figure with statue

Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 9:04 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The City of Greenville will honor the life and legacy of a beloved figure in the community Tuesday morning.

Lila Mae Brock helped fight poverty and worked to secure national funding for local housing. Brock was also the recipient of the Order of Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

“She always had love and she treated everyone you know just like she was you with a son or daughter that’s how she was,” said her Grandson Brian Brock.

The statue of Brock stands at the start of Unity Park.

“There’s no better person to represent what unity park is all about the faces and voices of unity park then Lila Mae Brock,” said City of Greenville Mayor Knox White.

Brock was a fixture in the Southernside community, even founding the Southernside Community Center.

“For us to see it all come together now I’m very excited you know grandma always deserved that we just never looked at it like that, she was just grandma to us,” said Dennis Brock, another grandson.

Unity park will have a grand opening on May 19, 2022.

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