First History in Plain Sight event to feature alumni whose ancestors, freed slaves, worked for school founders
CLEMSON – The first Clemson History in Plain Sight event will be held on Bowman Field from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14. The event will feature a talk by Class of 1995 alumnus Eric Young, a descendant of Thomas Fruster and Frances “Fannie” Benson-Fruster, who were both slaves and workers of school founder Thomas Green Clemson.
The event will also provide an opportunity to directly engage with Clemson’s past through tours of four historic buildings and Bowman Field. In addition, a Clemson Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet will read letters from Clemson alumni sent from the battle fields of WWII, and Clemson history students will give presentations centered around Anna Clemson’s dynamic mother, Floride Calhoun.
But wait, there’s more!
There will also be a hot chocolate bar with Thomas and Anna Clemson re-enactors in attendance.
Organizers hope this becomes an annual event, educating students about the history they might not know about in the places they love on campus.
The tours will take place every 15 minutes, and storytellers will give presentations every 20 minutes.