By Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say they are looking for the man who wrote “violent racist” in red paint on a portrait of former Gov. Benjamin Tillman at Winthrop University.

Police say a university employee saw the man painting on the picture in Tillman Hall around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, then running away.

The school took down the portrait to see if it can be restored.

Students and faculty at Winthrop and at Clemson University have asked each school to rename their Tillman Halls. They say Tillman was a violent racist who suggested hanging any black who tried to vote. Both schools have resisted the efforts.

Earlier this week, someone sprayed red paint on a statue of Tillman at the South Carolina Statehouse.

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