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Clemson University hosts first History in Plain Sight event

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Re-enactor portrays Thomas Greene Clemson on campus (Courtesy: Clemson University) Re-enactor portrays Thomas Greene Clemson on campus (Courtesy: Clemson University)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The first Clemson History in Plain Sight event, part of a series aimed at educating students about the history behind landmarks and popular places on the university’s campus, will be held Monday afternoon.

The event, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Bowman Field, will include 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, according to a news release.

Tours will be offered of four historic buildings and Bowman field, a reading of letters Clemson alumni sent from the battle fields of World War II, re-enactors performing as Thomas and Anna Clemson, and a hot chocolate bar.

Tours will take place every 15 minutes and storytellers will perform every 20 minutes.

The university is working to educate students about the school's diverse history and foster inclusiveness in the student body after a series of racially charged incidents, student protests, and calls for the name of Tillman Hall to be changed.

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