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Clemson University police investigating graffiti on Tillman Hall

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Graffiti on Tillman Hall (Jan. 7, 2016; Photo provided) Graffiti on Tillman Hall (Jan. 7, 2016; Photo provided)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University police are investigating another vandalism incident at Tillman Hall, a building that has been the center of controversy for the past year.

Many on campus have called for the building, named after former governor and known white supremacist Ben Tillman, to be renamed. Initially, Clemson’s board of trustees said the name would not be changed, but eventually launched a task force to look at the university's history and consider an official name change of Tillman and other buildings on campus.

In the latest incident, vandals spray painted a message on two walls of the building.

“Stop honoring Tillman,” the graffiti read on one wall. On the adjacent wall, the vandals painted “Rename Tillman Hall.”

Officials said the vandalism was first reported to campus police just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

"We understand that there are strong opinions about Tillman, but vandalism of a historic property is a crime and we have to treat it as such," said Clemson University's Chief Public Affairs Officer Cathy Sams. "We hope that this incident doesn’t take away from the positive work that is being done to better document and tell the full history of Clemson University."

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