Furman Bell Tower – Greenville, South Carolina
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The Bell Tower is one of Furman University‘s most beloved landmarks. Furman’s original bell tower was built in 1854 on what used to be the men’s campus. The bells rang to signal the start of classes and to celebrate victories for the athletic teams. Classes at Furman were disbanded during the Civil War, but the bells in the bell tower were rung to announce Confederate victories.
© Vincent Flores of Greer (2010)
The new bell tower, dedicated in May of 1965, was built to the same specifications as the old tower. The sixty bells in the carillon were cast in Holland.Linking the past with the future, the iconic bell tower represents Furman for graduates and current students alike. Its image appears on the school’s seal and on University publications and advertisements. And on a very practical note, the bell tower is an important reference point when giving directions on campus!
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