Clemson trustees stop short of removing Tillman’s name

FILE - Clemson University’s Main Building located in the center of campus, was renamed Tillman Hall in 1946.

CLEMSON, S.C. — 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.

Tillman bragged about helping to organize a lynch mob that killed seven black Republicans to intimidate others from voting in 1876.