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FMU to celebrate General Francis Marion Memorial Day, Feb. 27

FLORENCE - Francis Marion University will celebrate the life and legacy of its namesake on Feb. 27 in honor of Gen. Francis Marion Memorial Day. 

The public is invited to attend an afternoon of events to honor the Revolutionary War hero for whom the S.C. General Assembly two years ago designated this special date. 

FMU events will begin with an overview of the Francis Marion Trail Commission to be given by Assistant Professor of History and Trail Commission Lecturer in History Louis Venters at 2 p.m. Associate Professor of History Scott Kaufman will follow up with a tale of the ‘True’ Francis Marion at 2:30 p.m., while Assistant Professor of History Christopher Kennedy will conclude the celebration with a presentation about the general. All events will be held in Room 201 of James A. Rogers Library on campus. 

In addition, materials depicting the life of Gen. Francis Marion will be on display in the Arundel Room on the second floor of the library from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Other information, also on display, will demonstrate the work of the commission to highlight the historic trails of the general. 

Francis Marion (c. 1732-1795), for whom the university is named, was a partisan leader in the American Revolution, nicknamed "the Swamp Fox," by the British and is one of South Carolina's best remembered Patriots. "Bloody" Banastre Tarelton tagged Francis Marion that "wily ole' fox of the swamps" in about 1781, giving rise to Marion's legend as the master of strategy -- never caught, rarely followed, yet seemingly always at hand, just when needed by the partisans. 

For additional information about the celebration, contact Reference Librarian Suzanne Singleton at (843) 661-1319 or (843) 661-1310.

#119 / 2-25-09

Last Published: February 27, 2009 9:49 AM
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