FLORENCE – Horry County’s namesake, Peter Horry, a revolutionary war figure, will be the focus of the Pee Dee Heritage Center’s spring program March 28 at Coastal Carolina University. The program, “Reconstructing Peter Horry’s Lost History of Marion’s Brigade,” is free and open to the public. The program will begin at 3 p.m. in the Wheelwright Auditorium.
To date, no one has written a definitive biography of Peter Horry. Roy Talbert, Jr., chairman of the CCU history department, however, has conducted extensive research into Horry’s past.
Talbert, born in Cheraw, calls the Pee Dee area his home. He graduated from Florence’s McClenaghan High School in 1961, winning history awards from the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Selected among the first class of Furman Scholars, Talbert graduated from Furman University’s honors program in 1965, with a major in history. Moving to full time teaching and writing in 1984, at CCU, he became professor of history in 1989 and chair of the department in 1991.
He has published FDR’s Utopian: Arthur Morgan of the TVA in 1987 and the award-winning Negative Intelligence: The Army and the American Left, 1917-1941, in 1991. Turning to South Carolina history, he wrote “No Greater Legacy: The Centennial History of Willcox, McLeod, Buyck & Williams,” about a local law firm, in 1995.
The Pee Dee Heritage Center, based at Francis Marion University, sponsors two programs each year to promote the heritage and history of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. The Center is a joint endeavor of FMU, Coastal Carolina University, Coker College and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
For more information about the Pee Dee Heritage Center, call Dew James, director, at 843-661-1567.