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  • Monument Name

    O. Henry Sculptures, Greensboro

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic Cultural Figures

  • Creator

    Maria J. Kirby-Smith, Sculptor

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The three-piece sculpture group includes depictions of a 7" x 14" book, with a little boy peeking onto the pages, O. Henry, and his small dog, Lovey.The book is shown as open to a page in one of O. Henry's most notable works, The Gift of the Magi.

    Images: O. Henry | Dog Lovely

  • Inscription

    Inscription on plaque associated with sculptures: O. HENRY / WILLIAM SYDNEY PORTER / 1862-1910 / O. HENRY WAS AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED LITERARY / FIGURE WHO PUBLISHED 274 SHORT STORIES AND TWELVE / POEMS FILLING FOURTEEN VOLUMES. BORN IN GREENSBORO, / HE ATTENDED HIS AUNT LINA PORTER'S SCHOOL ON WEST MARKET / STREET AND WORKED IN HIS UNCLE CLARK PORTER'S DRUGSTORE / ON SOUTH ELM STREET. O. HENRY COLLECTIONS MAY BE FOUND / IN THE GREENSBORO HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND THE GREENSBORO / PUBLIC LIBRARY. / MARIA J. KIRBY-SMITH, SCULPTOR / SCULPTURE PROVIDED BY SOUTHERN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY / PRESENTED BY O. HENRY FESTIVAL, INC. / APRIL 8, 1985

  • Dedication Date

    April 8, 1985

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.074940 , -79.790100 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Celebrating O. Henry," Greensboro News and Record, April 9, 1985

      "William Sydney Porter Biography," Biography.com (accessed June 2, 2014) Link

      Allen, Christy E. "William Sidney Porter (O. Henry)," NCpedia.org (accessed June 2, 2014) Link

      Bass, Erin Z. "Happy Birthday to O. Henry!," Deep South Magazine (accessed June 2, 2014) Link

      Burton, W. C. "To a child's eye, O. Henry is an exalted figure," Greensboro News and Record, April 7, 1985.

      Herndon, Charles. "O. Henry, Lovey home," Greensboro News and Record, April 9, 1985.

      Jones, Abe D., Jr. "Writers have duties, says O. Henry speaker," Greensboro News and Record, April 9, 1985.

      O. Henry Hotel. "Greensboro Historic, Cultural Sites & Museums" (accessed June 2, 2014) Link

      Williams, Jeaneane. 2006. "O. Henry Festival," NCpedia.org, (accessed June 2, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    Southern Life Insurance Company

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Greensboro held a week-long celebration honoring O. Henry and the unveiling of the three-piece set of sculptures located downtown. The commemorative week was held 75 years after William Porter's death. The commemoration included historical tours, the sculpture unveiling, plays, art exhibits, readings of some of the author's works, words from the mayor, and a O. Henry Patrons Dinner. Many of O. Henry's descendants were present throughout the week, including his children, William and Charlotte.

  • Subject Notes

    William Porter, often described as a shy man, was born in 1862 and died at the age of 48. While in his teens, Porter helped his Uncle at a local drugstore on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. At the age of 20, Porter left Greensboro for Texas where he worked in a bank and published a magazine.

    Known predominantly by his pen name, O. Henry, Porter is renowned for his 274 short stories and his collection of poems.

  • Location

    The sculptures are located on the northwest corner of Elm Street (301 N. Elm Street) and Bellemeade Street in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Landscape

    The three-sculpture group is located in a small park area, surrounded by shade trees, shrubbery, and seasonal plantings.

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