The Greenwood County Historical Society will remember the life and Paul Revere-like ride of American Revolutionary Patriot Francis Salvador on Sunday, November 30, at the newly renovated Cokesbury College in Hodges at 3:00 pm. Historian Stefan. A. Wiecki will present the details of the life of the immigrant patriot whose plantation "Corn Acres" in 1766 covered roughly two-thirds of what is now Greenwood County.
He is remembered today for the 1776 horseback ride of twenty-eight miles through hostile Indian and Loyalist bands to warn Major Williamson in Dewitt (now Due West) of the vicious bloodshed at Pratt's Mill on the Little River. But Salvador's influence on the Revolution in the Upstate had a much broader impact. His election to the Second Provincial Congress and their adoption of a new Constitution on the last session day made Salvador one of the members of the first General Assembly of the new independent state of South Carolina. His death in the final skirmish near the town of Seneca made him the first Jew to die for American Independence-an historical fact commemorated today with markers by Jewish congregations in both Greenwood and Charleston.
Historian Dr. Stefan W. Wiecki currently teaches at the Presbyterian College History Department and lives in Greenwood with his wife Lisa Wiecki, Lander University Librarian, and four year old son Sebastian Alexander. Originally from Hanau, Germany, he served in the army as a NATO peace keeper in former Yugoslavia then studied history and political science at the Free University Berlin, Germany. His Ph.D. is from the Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, in Comparative History where he studied Germany's transformation from Nazi dictatorship into democracy after WWII.
The lecture and discussion will be presented in the newly restored second floor of the 1854 Cokesbury College, one of Greenwood County's historical treasures. All three floors of the Greek Revival style building have been refurbished and repainted in period colors. The presentation of the Greenwood County Historical society is free and open to the community and starts at 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 30.