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March 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Circa 1930's

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Today’s photo is of the "Agricultural Building" as it was known in the 1930s. Notice the windows open in the building, as it appears to be a warm summer day in Clemson. You may not notice right off hand, but there is something missing from Tillman Hall. While you think about what is missing, here is some info on the history of Tillman Hall.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized buildings at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field and was dedicated in 1891 with much of the building was destroyed in a fire on May 22, 1894.
Known as the Main Building for the first half of the twentieth century, it was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in the first week of July, 1946.

Today, Tillman Hall houses the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the school of Technology and Human Resources, and the Calhoun Honors College. Tillman Hall also has a small auditorium that is often used for guest speakers or small presentations. The AFROTC is also located in Tillman Hall.

Tillman's tower holds a clock which chimes every 15-minutes with a 47-bell carillon. The original bell sits in a monument in The Carillon Garden.

Now…have you noticed what is missing from the picture? If you guessed the statue of Thomas Green Clemson you are correct.
The picture above was taken in the 1930’s, and the statue of Thomas Green Clemson had yet to be constructed.

Outliving his wife and his children, Clemson drafted a final will in the mid 1880s. The will called for the establishment of a land-grant institution called "The Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina" upon the property of the Fort Hill estate.

He believed that education, especially scientific education, leads to economic prosperity. He wanted to start an agricultural college because he felt that government officials did not appreciate the importance of agricultural education.

The military college, founded in 1889, opened its doors in 1893 to 446 cadets. Clemson Agricultural College was renamed Clemson University in 1964.

A statue of Thomas Green Clemson and the Fort Hill house are located on the campus. The town of Calhoun that bordered the campus was renamed Clemson in 1943.

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