Published on Nov 14, 2016
Art students have accepted responsibility after black figures were found hanging in the trees at Winthrop University this weekend. The figures were black nylon stockings that were stuffed with dirt and mulch and spray-painted. A piece of white paper with the words “Tilman’s Legacy” was also taped over the original sign of the building.
According to WBTV, police opened an investigation when 18 figures were found outside of Tillman Hall on Sunday. It’s named after Benjamin Tillman, who was a white supremacist known for supporting lynchings and shootings. He was also known as “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman.
Students informed officers that they didn’t see anyone in the area and didn’t notice when the figures appeared.
University officials weren’t sure initially who was responsible. In a strong statement sent Sunday, they said, “While we do not know the intent of this display, these images are clearly hurtful and threatening and are contrary to the values of Winthrop University.”
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