The Mecklenburg Historical Association Docents are offering a free program with a special guest on Tuesday, September 4th at 11am. Visitors are welcome to come just for the program or to come early for refreshments at 9:30am and the business meeting at 10am. Read on for details: Travis Bowman will present a program on Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco at the monthly meeting of the Mecklenburg Historical Association Docent Committee on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church, located at 101 Sugar Creek Road West in Charlotte, NC. Admission is free and open to the public.
Travis Bowman is a sixth generation descendant of Peter Francisco, who stood 6′ 6″ and weighed 260 pounds when he enlisted in the Continental Army. He was tall for the Colonial period, when a man’s height, on average, was 5′ 6”. Because of his unusual size, he was hailed as the “Hercules of the Revolution” or the “Giant Virginian.” He was also renowned for heroic acts, both on and off the battlefields. George Washington said of Peter Francisco, “Without him, we would have lost two crucial battles, perhaps the war, and with it our freedom. He was truly a one-man army.”
Travis stands the same height as his famous ancestor and he enjoys performing dramatic interpretations with a six-foot long sword similar to the one that George Washington had forged for Peter Francisco. He has performed from the East Coast to the West Coast at schools, churches, historical societies, DAR chapters, and SAR chapters, and has received numerous awards for his performances.
Travis published his first novel in 2009, Hercules of the Revolution, and he released a documentary about his ancestor called The Peter Francisco Story in 2010, which won a Platinum Aurora Award in 2011. Learn more about Travis Bowman and Peter Francisco.