Clemson trustees stop short of removing Tillman’s name

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – A task force of Clemson University trustees has several suggestions for the university to better tell the story of its history, but says it can’t change the name of a main building on campus named for a segregationist governor. The task force released its report Friday.

It suggests updating biographies of its founders to give their full stories, creating a webpage to tell the university’s history, including its role in segregation, and building a museum to chronicle Clemson’s past as a plantation. But the task force says only the Legislature can change the name of Tillman Hall, named for former South Carolina governor and university founder “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman.

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