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  • Monument Name

    WWI Doughboy Statue, Goldsboro

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    World War I

  • Creator

    W. H. Mullins Company, Foundry

    Blackburn, Geo. L., Designer

  • City

    Goldsboro

  • County

    Wayne

  • Description

    The life-size statue depicts a World War One American Doughboy. He wears a helmet and boots and carries his rifle with a bayonet in both hands. His right foot rests on a rock. The monument is atop an marble base, with an inscription honoring the members of company E of the 11th Infantry (the Goldsboro Rifles) who died in WWI.

  • Inscription

    Front: ERECTED BY MEMBERS OF COMPANY E 119TH / INFANTRY—GOLDSBORO RIFLES IN MEMORY OF / THEIR COMRADES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / WORLD WAR / G. L. BLACKBORO / GOLDSBORO, N.C. / [LIST OF NAMES]

    On the east side of the base is a list of names and an unsigned Founder’s mark.

  • Custodian

    Wayne County

  • Dedication Date

    July 4th, 1920

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.382070 , -77.994220 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "WWI Doughboy," Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, (accessed February 13, 2011) Link

      Steve Rajtar, Frances Elizabeth Franks. War Monuments, Museums and Library Collections of 20th Century Conflicts: A Directory of United States Sites, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010), p. 182

      “Goldsboro Rings True In Patriotic Celebration of Natal Day of the Nation.” Goldsboro Daily Argus (Goldsboro, NC), July 6, 1920, 1 (accessed July 29, 2015)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, marble base

  • Sponsors

    Survivors of the company E of the 11th Infantry (the Goldsboro Rifles)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling ceremony of the monument started at 10 a.m. as part of Goldsboro’s 4th of July celebration. The mother and sister of Sgt. Marion Daniels, who was the first man from Wayne County to give his life in WWI, conducted the unveiling. At 11 a.m. the members of the Goldsboro fire department gave an exhibition fire drill, under the leadership of Chief Leslie Yelverton. In the afternoon, several contests for the young people took place at Herman Park.

  • Subject Notes

    The monument is in the honor of the fallen soldiers of Company E and the beloved Capt. Edgar H. Bain.

  • Location

    The monument is positioned directly in front of the Wayne County Superior Court, looking north-northeast, away from the courthouse toward E. Walnut Street.

  • Landscape

    The Wayne County Superior Court is located in the middle of Goldsboro.

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