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FMU to celebrate General Francis Marion Memorial Day, Feb. 26

FLORENCE - Francis Marion University will celebrate the life and legacy of its namesake on Friday, Feb. 26, with a unique exhibition to be displayed in James A. Rogers Library. 

The event is free and open to the public and commemorates the life of the Revolutionary War leader who died February 27, 1795. Maps and books from the library’s collections will be on display, along with copies of documents made available by the Francis Marion Trail Commission. 

A special display of artwork by area artists will also be exhibited. The works inspired by Francis Marion will include sculptures by Florence artist Alex Palkovich, a work on canvas by Eddie and Kim Glass depicting the “Sweet Potato Supper” with Marion, a British officer and Marion’s servant, Oscar, and a print by Peggy McGill, “General Francis Marion in Williamsburg.” Some of the works will be available for sale.

The Special Collections is located in the Arundel Room on the second floor. The Open House will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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

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Last Published: February 24, 2010 9:10 AM
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