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The park was originally created to be a place where people could go and relax, though, in 1770, a statue of King George III was placed here to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act. One year later, a large fence was placed around the park to prevent people from destroying the statue.
In 1783, the Assassin Connor met George Washington at Bowling Green during Evacuation Day. Connor cooly advised the commander continue leading the country even if the war was over, and afterwards they played bocce.
Bowling Green still exists today, with the statue of the Charging Bull in place of King George.