Tune in to C-SPAN on Feb. 20 and 21 for an up-close, personal tour of Greenville during the cable network’s series showcasing the culture and history of different communities. The upcoming segments are part of C-SPAN’s Cities Tour 2016, featuring the literary life and history of several selected cities. During the Greenville segments, local historians and public leaders personally “walk” viewers through important literary and historic sites.
Mill historian Don Koonce delves into the area’s textile mill history; State Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson discusses the local civil rights struggle; and Furman University professor Courtney Tollison brings to life the story of local resident Rudolf Anderson, the only person shot down by enemy fire during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The series also explores the creation of Falls Park and the Liberty Bridge, Bob Jones University and its impact on Southern politics, Furman University and its Baptist traditions, and the Korean War exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum.
In addition to traditional programming, the features are scheduled to air on Book TV on C-SPAN2 and American History TV on C-SPAN3.