Francis Marion University
, located in Florence, South Carolina, is a liberal arts
school named after Francis Marion. The university dates back to 1957,
when the University of South Carolina set
up a freshman center at the Florence County Library. A few years later, in 1961, USC-Florence was setup on land donated by the
Wallace family. In 1966, many in the Florence area pushed to establish a four year university. Gov. Robert E. McNair eventually
signed into law an act creating Francis Marion College, effective July 1, 1970.