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Statue raised to honor FMU founders


FLORENCE – As part of the celebration of the approaching 40th anniversary of Francis Marion University, a bronze life-sized standing figure depicting Gen. Francis Marion as he speaks to his troops has been raised. Inscribed on two plaques at the base of the statue are the names of the founding faculty and staff as well as the members of the Pee Dee legislative delegation who were instrumental in the university’s creation.

Sculpted by the nationally recognized Garland Weeks of Lubbock, Texas, the statue of the general is 5’8” tall. The height from the top of the flag pole to the base is 8’3”.

"This statue provides us a splendid opportunity to honor the founding faculty and staff of this university,” said FMU President Luther F. Carter. "These men and women started this university in 1970, and this statue will honor their contribution in perpetuity."

The statue of the general stands in the center of the university’s circular entrance near Lee Nursing Building as a signpost for all who visit the campus.

The base of the statue was created and placed on site by the Gilbert Construction Company.


Juan A. Albarran
Alice C. Baker
John W. Baker
Margaret C. Baker
Jay R. Beasley
Alice B. Beaty
Guillermo Bernal
Robert M. Blakely
John S. Boyce Jr.
William H. Breazeale Jr.
Redden P. Byrd
Janice G. Coleman
Eugenie G. Comer
Mary Ellen Cooper
Ogal P. Crews Jr.
Lynn M. Croshaw
Frank H. Crow Jr.
George D. Crow
J. Thomas Davis
Evelyn W. Dilworth
James E. Dooley
Elizabeth M. England
Ruby G. Fail
N. Casey Frederick
Carol H. Frink
Jeanie H. Gillam
Shirley J. Hall
Shirley J. Hanford
Jean G. Harper
Renee G. Harrell
Clarice B. Harris
Harlan G. Hawkins
Lynn D. Hendrick
Linda T. Hodge
Eva C. Hoff
Louis A. Hoff
Robert L. Hogsett
Judith H. Holland
B. Steve Irick
Sandra C. Irvin
Ronald T. Jebaily
Brinda A. Jones
Donald E. Kelley
Adrian R. Ketcham
G. Wayne King
Betty R. Kirven
James R. Knight
Ernest H. Leggett
Louise R. Lester
Johannes R. Lischka
Marvin W. Lynch
Osvaldo Marrero
Helen S. Martin
Owen M. Martin
John B. Martino
Sandra T. Massey
Teresa A. McCormick
Doris L. McKenzie
Michael L. McQueen
Teresa A. McRae
Frances C. Means
Dolores J. Miller
Louis W. Moelchert Jr.
Lenna V. Morrow
Everett F. Myers
William L. Neal Jr.
Jerry L. Need
Frances S. Padgett
Robert R. Parham
Adele R. Parker
Charles E. Parker
Hans A. Pawley
James E. Potterfield
Katherine R. Powers
J. Mitchell Reames
Eleanor K. Rogers
Willie Rogers
Martha E. Rose
Robert A. Ryan
Olin B. Sansbury Jr.
Patricia M. Sellers
Hood Singletary
Jack W. Smith
Robert E. Smith III
Walter D. Smith
Beverly Spears
Jane T. Spivey
Lawrence F. Swails
E.S. Swearingen
Gayle H. Sweat
Lucy C. Thrower
Theresa A. Wachowski
Frank F. Welbourne
Anne S. Welch
J. Franklin West
Eugene N. Zeigler
Kristen L. Zillken
Theodore C. Zuppa
Lanue Floyd
J. Ralph Gasque
C. Anthony Harris
Donald H. Holland
John C. Lindsay
James M. Morris
James P. Mozingo III
Eugene N. Zeigler
H. F. Bell
Ernest V. Carter
Joseph W. Coker
Edward B. Cottingham
Charles E. Godwin
David W. Harwell
William B. Hawkins
Peter D. Hyman
Malcolm K. Johnson
Dan F. Laney Jr.
J. Malcolm McLendon
William J. McLeod
Robert A. Raley
James Victor Rowell
Paul A. Sansbury
Edward Jack Smith
Thomas E. Smith Jr.
John H. Waller Jr.
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Last Published: February 15, 2010 9:25 AM
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