A guide to Greenville’s Main Street statues

Take a historical walk down Main Street and learn some Greenville trivia through our statues.

GVL Today Joel Poinsett Statue

Joel Poinsett sits next to Westin Poinsett Hotel | Photo by GVLtoday

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Greenville is statuesque in more ways than one. The history of the city can be found all around in various forms, including the statues, which all represent historical figures (or pigs).

Take a walk down Main Street with us to learn more about these bronze beauties.

Il Porcellino | In front of the TD Bank Building

DYK this is a replica of the original Il Porcellino cast in Italy? Add that to your local trivia question bank.

Sterling High School Students | The corner of Main and Washington Streets

This statue represents the students of the first Black public high school in Greenville, who held sit-ins in the very spot the statue is located.

Max Heller | NOMA Flats Plaza

Max was Greenville’s Mayor from 1971-1979 and played an integral role in developing Main Street.

Charles Townes | Main Street and Falls Park Drive

A Furman University grad, Charles invented the laser (peep the laser pointer in his hand), and won a Nobel Prize in physics in 1964.

Dick Riley | The Peace Center Plaza

This statue pays homage to the former SC Governor and U.S. secretary of education.

Joel Poinsett | Main and Court Streets - in front of M. Judson

Next to the hotel that bears his name, the Westin Poinsett, this statue honors the SC statesman who brought the first poinsettia flower from Mexico to the U.S.

Shoeless Joe Jackson | The entrance to Fluor Field

Not only do we have a museum dedicated to Shoeless Joe, we also have a statue depicting this White Sox player.

Vardry McBee | Main and Court Streets, across from the Westin

Last but not least, we have the “father of Greenville.” Vardry gave the city land to build its first churches and schools. That’s really cool of you, Vardry.

For more art in public places, check out the city’s map.