Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk, Greensboro (Self Guided)

Greensboro is where the American Civil Rights Movement began, something immortalized in the city’s numerous monuments and statues. Greensboro is also where famous writer O. Henry was born. In this city you will find additional public artwork, sculptures and monuments to distinguished American figures. Take the following tour to discover the most fascinating statues and monuments Greensboro has to offer.
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Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk Map

Guide Name: Greensboro Downtown Statues and Monuments Walk
Guide Location: USA » Greensboro (See other walking tours in Greensboro)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: ellen
Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1) Bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The bust of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was installed in honor of the famous leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement in the United States, known for his non-violent methods of protest inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. Sculpted by Wilbur Lee Map, this bronze bust was unveiled in 1994, capturing the face of Dr. King in his final hour of life. The monument is located at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and South Elm Street.
Statue of Nathanael Greene

2) Statue of Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene was a legendary major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War, and the person after whom the city was named. This life-size bronze statue was created by artist Jim Barnhill and installed at the roundabout of Greene and West McGee Streets in 2008. A plate on the pedestal features a quote by Marquis de Lafayette: "In the very name Greene are remembered all the virtues and talents which can illustrate the patriot, the statesman, and the military leader."
Millennium Gate

3) Millennium Gate

Millennium Gate, unveiled in 2002, has become one of Greensboro’s most notable landmarks. Installed at the Municipal Office Building on West Washington Street, it was created by Jim Gallucci, a famous Greensboro artist. This bronze sculpture was inspired by the world’s greatest events, inventions and figures of the last millennium.
News & Record Bench

4) News & Record Bench

One of Greensboro’s most unusual and fascinating sculptures, the News & Record Bench consists of a bronze bench made of sheets of newspaper, magazines and boxes. The newspaper even has articles printed on it. Created by famous Greensboro artist Jim Gallucci, sculptor of many notable city monuments, it is located outside the News & Record corporate office on East Market Street.
O. Henry's Book

5) O. Henry's Book (must see)

Walking down North Elm Street you will notice a huge stone book. It is a monument to the famous writer William Sydney Porter, commonly known as O. Henry. His life was short and much of it was spent in Greensboro. The monument depicts two of his stories, “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief,” with the sculpture of a young boy peeping out through the pages. Created by artist Maria J. Kirby-Smith and unveiled in 1985, a few steps from the book you will find a life-size statue of O. Henry and his beloved dog.

6) Metaphor

Metaphor, a famous work by artist Ogden Deal, is a twelve foot steel statue of a human figure stretching out its hands to the sky. Standing for nearly forty years, the statue is sponsored by the Greensboro Youth Council and installed on Youth Square at the intersection of Summit Avenue, East Lindsay Street and Church Court.
Greensboro Four

7) Greensboro Four (must see)

On February 1, 1960 four African American students were refused service when ordering coffee. Considered the birth of the American Civil Rights Movement, the Greensboro Four are commemorated by this monument created by A&T art professor James Barnhill. Located at North Carolina A&T State University, this ten foot bronze statue was unveiled on February 1, 2002, depicting the Greensboro Four: David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. and Joseph McNeil.

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Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Create Your Own Walk in Greensboro

Creating your own self-guided walk in Greensboro is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

Greensboro Museums and Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro Places of Worship Walk

Greensboro is home to a number of architecturally stunning churches, many of them built in the last century. Besides serving as a place of worship, the city’s churches regularly host musical and other cultural events. Take the following tour to discover Greensboro’s best places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

Family Entertainment Tour in Greensboro

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Greensboro Religious Buildings Tour

Many of Greensboro’s religious buildings are stunning works of architecture, several of them over one hundred years old. Among the city’s treasures you will find the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, designed in the Gothic style. Discover Greensboro’s most unforgettable religious buildings in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

Greensboro Coffee Cups Collaborative Walk

On February 1, 1960 the sit-in movement began. This historic event was commemorated by the creation of eight bronze coffee cups. Installed throughout downtown Greensboro and dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the inspired event when four African American students were refused service when ordering coffee, each bronze sculpture is placed on a stone pedestal, featuring the quote of an outstanding...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Greensboro for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Greensboro has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Greensboro, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.