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  • Monument Name

    Nathanael Greene Statue, Greensboro

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Military Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    James Barnhill, Sculptor

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The 22-foot tall statue of Nathanael Greene commemorates the Revolutionary War hero that Greensboro is named after. The statue is also a symbol for Greensboro’s Bicentennial in 2008.

  • Inscription

    Front: GENERAL / NATHANAEL GREENE / 1712 – 1786

    Left side: “I never saw such fighting since God made me. / The Americans fought like demons.” / General Charles, Earl Cornwallis

    Back: A Gift from / The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation / commemorating Greensboro's Bicentennial / 2008 / James Barnhill, Sculptor

    Right side: “… in the very name Greene are / remembered all the virtues and talents / which can illustrate the patriot, the / statesman, and the military leader.” / Marquis de Lafayette

  • Dedication Date

    March 26, 2008

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.068550 , -79.791840 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Nathanael Greene - Greensboro, NC,", (accessed September 2, 2014) Link

      "Statue of Nathanael Greene in Downtown Greensboro," Greensboro Daily Photo, February 19, 2009, (accessed June 10, 2014) Link

      "The Statue Project," Nathanael Greene Monument Foundation, (accessed June 10, 2014) Link

      Patterson, Donald W. “Standing Tall Again,” Greensboro News and Record (Greensboro, NC), March 26, 2008

      Saba, Natalie D. "Nathanael Greene (1742-1786)," in New Georgia Encyclopedia,, (accessed September 2, 2014) Link

      “General Helps Mark 200th,” Greensboro News and Record (Greensboro, NC), March 27, 2008

      “Slavery Through the Eyes of Revolutionary Generals,” Journal of the American Revolution, November 7, 2017 (accessed May 2, 2023) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite base, Bronze statue

  • Sponsors

    The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

  • Monument Cost

    Between $165,000 - $175,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication of the Nathanael Greene Statue was a part of a greater celebration for Greensboro’s Bicentennial. The week of the unveiling involved a traveling Bicentennial torch, which made a tour around Greensboro and stopped at the Nathanael Greene unveiling, before ending at the New Bridge Bank Baseball Park for the Bicentennial Celebration later in the week.

  • Subject Notes

    Nathanael Greene, a Quaker, was appointed by Washington to command troops in the South during the American Revolutionary War. Greene led his troops in battles such as the Battle at Guilford Courthouse, which did not result in a victory, but did weaken the British military. Through Greene’s efforts he helped push the British towards surrender in Yorktown. Greensboro, the site of the Battle at Guilford Courthouse, is named after Nathanael Greene.

    The iconic Nathanael Greene Monument at Guilford Courthouse has been dedicated on July 3, 1915.

    [Additional information from NCpedia editors at the State Library of North Carolina: This person enslaved and owned other people. Many Black and African people, their descendants, and some others were enslaved in the United States until the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in 1865. It was common for wealthy landowners, entrepreneurs, politicians, institutions, and others to enslave people and use enslaved labor during this period. To read more about the enslavement and transportation of African people to North Carolina, visit To read more about slavery and its history in North Carolina, visit - Government and Heritage Library, 2023.]

  • Location

    The statue is located on top of a 10-foot pedestal in the center of the Greene and McGee Street traffic circle. The statue faces north, towards Greene Street.

  • Landscape

    The statue is placed in the center of a traffic circle, surrounded by bushes and the scenery of downtown Greensboro.

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