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 four years ago designated this special date.
There will be two viewings of the SCETV documentary, “Chasing the Swamp” at 3 and 5 p.m. and the address, “The Founding Generation and Why it Resonates Today” from William Bolt, of the FMU Department of History at 4 p.m.
The events will be held in Lee Nursing Building’s Thomason Auditorium 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 3 – 7 p.m. Other information, also on display, will demonstrate the work of the commission to highlight the historic trails of the general.
The event is sponsored by James A. Rogers Library, the Francis Marion Trail Commission, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
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) 661-1300.