- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Winthrop University says that state law prevents the Rock Hill school from changing the name of Tillman Hall.

Two former Winthrop students asked the school’s board of trustees earlier this month to rename the building named for Benjamin Tillman saying it honors a former U.S. senator and South Carolina governor who was a white supremacist.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (https://bit.ly/1sR0qTT ) that Kathy Bigham, chairwoman of the board, wrote the former students this week noting that a state law passed in 2000 protects memorials and historic structures on public property.

It prevents anyone from changing the name of any street, bridge, structure or park dedicated to an historic figure or an historic event. Changing the law would require a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly.


Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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