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Video interview with Frances Furman Hewitt, great-great-granddaughter of Richard Furman, namesake of Furman University. Mrs. Hewitt begins the interview sharing memories of growing up in Greenville, playing with Charles Townes as a child, and attending Greenville High School. She talks about attending Greenville Woman's College during the Depression, remembering May Day, the old campus, and certain professors that taught there, as well as dating during that time, meeting her future husband, and Furman football games. Mrs. Hewitt tells how she fits in the Furman family line, and shares memories of her Uncle Alester Furman, cousins Lucy and Alester Jr., and her Uncle Eugene Kincaid Furman. She gives details of Cherrydale, home of Furman's first president, James Clement Furman, and playing there as a child. She tells stories about President John Plyler and his wife, and Mrs. Hewitt concludes the interview talking about her children and granchildren, and her family's relationship with Furman University over the years.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Columbia (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; Furman, Alester G. (Alester Garden); Greenville Woman’s College; Alumni and alumnae; Greenville (S.C.)


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Frances Furman Hewitt Oral History



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