Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of Furman University's relocation from this site to the current campus north of Greenville on Poinsett Highway. From 1851 to 1958, Furman University was located atop this bluff above the Reedy River Falls, and the Greenville Woman's College was located a mile away on College Street at the current site of Heritage Green. The all-male university and the woman's college was separate institutions until they were coordinated during the Great Depression, and for twenty-five years students and faculty commuted between the two campuses. In 1958, the men moved to the new campus, and, in 1961, the women joined them to create a fully coeducational university.
Timeline of Furman Campuses
• Furman Academy and Theological Institution, Edgefield, SC 1827-1828
• Furman Theological Institution, High Hills of the Santee, Sumter County, SC 1829-1824
• The Furman Institute, Winnsboro, SC 1837-1850
• Furman University, West End, Greenville, SC 1851-1958
• Greenville Woman's College (later the Women's College of Furman University) 1854-1961
• Furman University, Poinsett Highway, Greenville 1958-present
Location. 34° 50.617′ N, 82° Click for map. Marker is located at the intersection of Furman College Way and the main walking path of Falls Park. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29605, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Furman University (within shouting distance of this marker); Restoration and Development (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cherokees (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mill Ruins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenville Arboretum (about 300 feet away); Reedy River Falls (about 300 feet away); Mill Village (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Furman University (about 300 feet away); Vardry Mill (about 400 feet away); Liberty Bridge (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers documenting Furman University's history.
Also see . . .
1. Furman University. Official website of Furman University. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Furman University. Furman University is a private, (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. About James Clement Furman
Born in Charleston, James Furman’s legacy is the service and devotion he gave to his namesake university, which is actually named for his father, Dr. Richard Furman, a Baptist minister and denominational leader. The junior Furman began his tenure as a member of the Furman University faculty while it was still located north of Columbia in Fairfield. He would, working with members of the school’s board of trustees, campaign over the next six years to persuade the state Baptist Convention to move the school to Greenville, where it eventually opened in 1851 in McBee Hall. He would go on to become chairman of the faculty and later president of the university.
Furman, an ardent states’ rights supporter, was heavily involved in politics, as well. In 1860, he secured an appointment as one of the Greenville delegates to attend the Secession Convention, a meeting that would eventually lead South Carolina to become the first Southern state to secede from the Union. On December 20, 1860, Furman was one of the signers of the Ordinance
— Submitted April 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
2. James Clement Furman: History in Brief
At a Glance James Furman became an influential political figure in the community and a leader at Furman University, a school that his father, Dr. Richard Furman, worked to found.
Claim to Fame Furman is best known for his efforts to have Furman University moved from Fairfield, South Carolina, to Greenville in 1851, where it opened in McBee Hall on the corner of Main Street and McBee Avenue. He was chairman of the faculty before later becoming president.
Did You Know? Furman University closed during the Civil War, so Furman became president of the Greenville Women’s College instead. Initial efforts to reopen the school after the war’s conclusion were unsuccessful, but Furman was quoted as saying, “I have resolved, if the university should go down, to sink with it.”
An Impressive Eulogy At an 1870 commemoration of the death of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Furman was a featured speaker. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09, pg 70.)
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