Most guided city tours make a pitstop at the square where they’ll explain the historical significance of each statue. “Transportation” is depicted as an African American laborer who helped build the railroad through Charlotte, which transformed the city into a transportation hub during the 1800s. “Commerce” is represented by a 19th-century gold prospector, paying homage to the city’s gold rush. “Industry” comes in the form of a woman and child and the role they played as mill workers in the textile factories. And finally, “The Future” of Charlotte is represented by a woman lifting her child into the air, with dogwood flowers (the state’s flower) vining up her dress, symbolizing what is yet to come.