Remembering Paul Green – The Daily Record


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Locals often see a road sign memorializing local son Paul Green on U.S. 421 near Lillington, but most don’t know the impact of his work. Mr. Green received literature’s highest award and created works throughout his life time that continued to be memorialized through a foundation created the year after he died.

The president of the Paul Green Foundation, Marsha Warren, spoke in Lillington to members of the Buies Creek Book Review last week. She told those assembled details of Mr. Green’s notable life.

Mr. Green is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who wrote many well known works including “The Lost Colony,” an outdoor drama still in production on North Carolina’s outer banks. The play is what is known as a symphonic outdoor drama, a genre of theater Mr. Green created.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for his play “Abraham’s Bosom,” a play that spoke about one of Mr. Green’s beloved causes, the fight to create equality for all men.

He also wrote a one-act play in the late 1930s to bring attention to the evils of chain gangs and sent a copy to every legislator in the state.

Mr. Green grew up in a house that still stands near Buies Creek and has family members who continue to live in the area.

He grew up on a cotton farm. He read books in the field and taught himself how to play violin. He would later compose music for his own dramas.

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At left, a historical marker, dedicated to local native, nationally-known dramatist and author Paul Green, shown above right, provides information on his life to drivers on U.S. 421 near Buies Creek. Below, Mr. Green’s wife, Elizabeth, is shown with their children, Paul Jr., Byrd, Betsy and Janet. The Green family home, as it now looks, is shown at bottom. The home is located on old Buies Creek Road.

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