ANDERSON, S.C. (WYFF) - The Anderson community is coming together to honor and pay tribute to Anderson native and hometown hero, Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman, best known for his role as “The Black Panther” in a number of Marvel Movies, passed away Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman was born and raised in Anderson and would continuously give back to the community throughout his illustrious career.
The City of Anderson is hosting a tribute event in memory of Chadwick Boseman this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. According to city officials, the event will feature Mayor Terence Roberts, a prayer service and a showing of Marvel’s “The Black Panther.”
“He was able to reach out not only to our community, but he was a worldwide figure,” said Roberts. “For us to be able to say that he was a native son, that grew up in our community with the support of people in our community, through church and schools, that says a lot about our community.”
Anderson University Student DeAndre Weaver started a petition to remove the Confederate Monument in downtown Anderson and replace it with a statue of Boseman. As a theater student, Weaver says that Boseman was a role model.
“There’s no reason [the Confederate Monument] should be there anymore,” said Weaver. “If we could replace that with something honoring Mr. Boseman, that would be so positive for the community.”
As of Monday evening, the petition has collected 13,000+ signatures.
Anderson area artist “Joey Within Arts” began to work on a large portrait of Boseman as soon as he heard that the actor had passed away. After two days straight of stretched days and long nights, Joey completed the painting and showed WYFF News 4 the final piece.
“I just felt like Chadwick is one of those people where he came here and he supported Anderson South Carolina, and his face had to be shown,” said Joey.
His artwork will be displayed on stage this Thursday at the Chadwick Tribute event.
AmStar Cinemas, the same theater Boseman rented out to allow for underprivileged Anderson area children to watch a free screening of Black Panther, says it is currently working on a plan to show old films featuring Boseman, and donate admissions to charity.
“We were in touch with his family, and felt a connection with him here at his local cinema and his local hometown,” said AmStar General Manager Patrick Cleveland.
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