Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-269.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 36° 43.568′ N, 76° 35.022′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Hall Avenue and South Main Street, on the right when traveling east on Hall Avenue. The marker stands Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President's Days Plaque (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old City Hall Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Booker T. Washington High School (approx. ¼ mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Korea and Vietnam Wars Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War I Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
Regarding Mr. Peanut. The Hall Place neighborhood is adjacent to the Planters factory and its facilities. A statue of Mr. Peanut is a short distance away from this marker, across the railroad tracks, in downtown Suffolk (see photo).
Also see . . .
1. Mr. Peanut Goes to the Smithsonian (The History Blog). (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
2. Planters History in Suffolk Virginia (Newspaper Article). The Virginia-Pilot (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
3. Mr. Peanut and Antonio Gentile (Smithsonian Blog). Smithsonian (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
1. A Bit of Marker Background
On November 9, 2016, when the “Mr. Peanut” marker was submitted to this database, the year 2008, imprinted below its inscription, was recorded as the erection date. Subsequent additional research, however, revealed that that date is historically incorrect. “Mr. Peanut” was actually erected in 2016, probably near the end of September.
The eight-year discrepancy is seemingly due to the fact that a similar commemorative marker was produced in 2008. That marker, “Mr. Peanut-World Icon,” according to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), was approved but never erected because its sponsorship fell through. Nevertheless, there exists, as of December 15, 2016, two images of a Mr. Peanut icon marker in media circulation.
Both images are linked to 2008 as a DHR year of approval. Their inscriptions, however, contain variances. See the photo of “Mr. Peanut-World Icon” and its inscription.
Most people, especially the ones who may visit the erected “Mr. Peanut” marker, will not necessarily know about this part of its history. But for those viewers who happen upon this database, an extra nibble to the “Bite-size Bits of Local, National, and Global History” is here for them.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 9, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 572 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 9, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. 7. submitted on December 16, 2016, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.