Black Stockings Left Hanging from Trees at Winthrop University: Art Group Claims Responsibility
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) (WCCB)— Authorities are investigating after someone left black nylon stockings filled with dirt hanging from trees outside a South Carolina university hall named for an avowed racist.
A Winthrop University Police report says 12 stockings were found Sunday outside Tillman Hall, with a sign taped over a plaque reading “Tillman’s Legacy.'”
Tillman was a South Carolina governor and a U.S. senator. He helped lead a mob that killed four blacks in July 1876 and said African-Americans were barbarians and savages.
Update: A group called the Association of Artists for Change released a statement in reference to the display. The group seems to claim responsibility in the statement and reportedly created the display as a protest because the university has not changed the name of Tillman Hall.
The police report says the stockings appeared to be placed overnight. There was no security camera footage.
Winthrop president Dan Mahony says the university doesn’t know the reason for the display and will fully investigate the actions.
The university can’t change the name of Tillman Hall without legislative approval.
Winthrop University responded overnight in a series of tweets:
— Winthrop University (@winthropu) November 14, 2016