Boseman to be honored at celebration in hometown of Anderson

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 photo, actor Chadwick Boseman poses for a portrait in New York to promote his film, "Black Panther." Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

ANDERSON, S.C. — Actor Chadwick Boseman will be honored at a celebration in his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina.

The Independent Mail reports that a large crowd is expected for a 7 p.m. Thursday viewing of the “Black Panther” film at an outdoor amphitheater that can fit thousands even with social distancing.

Boseman died Aug. 28 of colon cancer at age 43.

Boseman played the character T’Challa in “Black Panther.” He also had starring roles in the Jackie Robinson film “42,” and also in biographical movies about Thurgood Marshall and James Brown.

The Rev. Samuel Neely, a retired pastor who has known Boseman’s family for years, has agreed to speak at the memorial, the Anderson newspaper reported.

“On behalf of the Boseman Family, we appreciate the community’s outpouring of love and admiration for Chadwick,” Boseman’s publicist, Nicki Fioravante, said in a statement.