Furman University Oral Histories
Joe Roberts Oral History

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Joe Roberts Oral History


Audio interview with Joe Roberts, 1952 graduate of Furman, and assistant to President Gordon Blackwell and President John Johns. Mr. Roberts begins the interview talking about Furman's Phi Beta Kappa chapter and it's importance. He praises Francis Bonner, discusses Bonner's importance to Furman, and describes how he worked with each Furman president throughout his career. Mr. Roberts speaks about the Daniel bequest, the history and building of the chapel. He gives an in-depth recounting of the severance between Furman and the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Mr. Roberts outlines the history, causes, and gives specific examples of conflicts. He discusses his work throughout the process, and speaks about the reaction after the split.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; College administrators; Alumni and alumnae




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Joe Roberts Oral History