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Pearlie Harris receives honorary degree

Pearlie Harris earned a master’s degree in education from Furman in 1983, 26 years into a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher. She received her second Furman degree, an honorary Doctor of Humanities, today,...

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Joseph Vaughn statue unveiling scheduled April 16

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis sent the message below to the campus community on Tuesday, March 2.  Learn more about the unveiling and watch the live video stream of the event. Dear Campus Community, We are...

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Let Joseph Vaughn Day shine a light on our values

This morning, President Elizabeth Davis sent the following message to the campus community to celebrate Joseph Vaughn Day. Dear Campus Community, At last week’s presidential inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman reminded us that “there is always...

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‘I had a purpose for being there’

The secret treat was sometimes grits, sometimes salmon croquettes. [caption id="attachment_48729" align="alignright" width="300"] Rawn Harbor '71.[/caption] Whatever the special offering, the Black dining hall employees who gave it to Rawn Harbor ’71 did so with...

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Joseph Vaughn Day public event postponed

Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in the Greenville and Upstate areas, a public celebration of Joseph Vaughn on Jan. 29 has been postponed. Michael Jennings, Ph.D., chief diversity officer for Furman, and Chandra...

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Joseph Vaughn statue taking shape

Steven Whyte, a Carmel, California-based sculptor, is recreating an iconic image of Joseph Vaughn, Furman University’s first African American undergraduate student, as a bronze statue that will forever commemorate Vaughn’s walk up the steps to...

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POSTPONED: University to rededicate Furman Hall, unveil new plaque

UPDATE: Today’s Furman Hall rededication and plaque unveiling ceremony has been postponed due to inclement weather. We will update the campus community as soon as this event has been rescheduled. We look forward to holding the event...

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Today is Joseph Vaughn Day

On Jan. 4, 1965, newly elected President Lyndon B. Johnson announced his “Great Society” domestic agenda to end poverty and racial injustice. Two months later, on March 7, state troopers brutally beat civil rights activists...

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