Linked Descendants Q&A

May 1, 2024

In the Spring Issue of Furman Magazine (published by Furman University in South Carolina), two linked descendants discuss their connection and friendship. Goldie Owens is a medical assistant living in Winnsboro, SC. Her husband, Veshawn Owens, is the great-great-grandson of Anderson Bates, who was enslaved by Samuel Furman, a son of Furman University’s namesake, Richard Furman. Felicia Furman is the producer of the PBS documentary Shared History. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and is a direct descendant of James C. Furman, the university’s first president.

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