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  • Monument Name

    Paul Green Bust, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Cultural Figures

  • Creator

    William Emsley Hipp, III, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The life-size bust depicts the writer and playwright in a contemplative pose, with his head tilted to the side and cast slightly downward and his left hand resting on his cheek. Green is depicted in fairly formal dress, wearing a coat and tie. The bust is mounted on a polished slab of dark marble which rests atop a wooden base approximately four feet high. The plaque, a printed sign bearing the commemoration, is placed in the center of the wooden base.

  • Inscription

    PAUL GREEN / 1894-1981 / Author of / The Lost Colony / 1937 / The first of his 17 outdoor dramas / Human and Civil Rights Leader / Pulitzer Prize for Drama / Dramatist Laureate of North Carolina / Father of Symphonic Outdoor Drama / This monument made possible by a generous grant / from the / Outer Banks Community Foundation / with support from / The Paul Green Foundation

  • Custodian

    The Waterside Theater

  • Dedication Date

    The bust was placed in the gardens sometime following Green's death in 1981.

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.939080 , -75.709020 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Paul Green with sculptor William Hipp, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976,", (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Eliot Green (b. 1896), (sculpture)," Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, SIRIS,, IAS 61410004, (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Green - A Life in Pictures,", (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Green Bust -- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site NC,", (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Green Dramatist, teacher, humanist 1894-1981,", (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Green," Carolina Alumni Review (April 1983), 15, (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      "Paul Green. . . A Favorite Native Son," Carolina Alumni Review at, (September, 1978), 4-11, (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      Green, Paul. The Lost Colony: A Symphonic Drama in Two Acts. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1937. Link

      Greenwood, Thompson. “Nearly Two Thousand See Pageant Friday Evening; Thomas Dixon Delighted,” The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC), July 24, 1937, 1

      MacNeill, Ben Dixon. “Tranquillity of Manteo Undisturbed as Crowds Come to View the Pageant,” The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, NC), July 24, 1937, 1

      National Park Service. Cultural Landscapes Inventory -- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (2010), (Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, May 2010), 4, 17, 30, 76, 80, (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

      Paul Green Papers, 1880-1992, #03693, The Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (accessed February 8, 2013) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, marble, wood

  • Sponsors

    The Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Paul Green Foundation

  • Monument Cost


  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Details of the installation and dedication at Waterside Theatre are unknown.

  • Subject Notes

    The bust appears to be a casting of the sculpture created by Hipp in the mid- to late 1970s. A casting of the same sculpture is also installed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Dramatic Art and was unveiled in the Paul Green Theater building at the University on November 18, 1977. The bust was commissioned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dialectic and Philanthropic Society, of which Green had been a member as a student at the university.

    Paul Green, a playwright and native North Carolinian from Buies Creek, North Carolina, was the author of The Lost Colony, the longest running symphonic outdoor drama in the country. It was first performed in Manteo on July 4, 1937. When first staged, it drew crowds of more than 2,000 to what was then the isolated and tiny community of Manteo. The Lost Colony has been, and continues to be, a popular tourist attraction on the Outer Banks. Today the play is performed at the Waterside Theatre at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

    Green's work is known for both its experimentalism and its focus on depictions of North Carolina and the South, and he is recognized for being among a generation of writers who brought recognition to Southern writing. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1927 play In Abraham's Bosom. Green is also known for his commitment to human rights and racial equality.

  • Location

    The sculpture sits in the garden just outside the rear of the Waterside Theatre.

  • Landscape

    The sculpture sits in the garden surrounded by plantings.

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