No charges for Winthrop University protests

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) – Winthrop University police are not charging anyone for hanging black nylon stockings resembling human figures outside a building to protest that it’s named for a post-Civil War-era racist.

The university announced Friday the case is closed “until further information is received.” A release says vandalism charges are still possible if more evidence emerges.

The 18 stockings filled with dirt were found Nov. 13 outside Tillman Hall.

A group called the Association of Artists for Change posted on Twitter that each stocking represented a lynching victim when “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman was governor from 1890 to 1894.

College president Dan Mahony said last month the artwork was painful and a threat no matter what its intention, and those responsible would be held accountable. Police said then no security camera footage existed.

 

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