Fact or Fiction?

Fact or Fiction:

Main Building, now known as Tillman Administration Building, was partially built by convict labor.

Main Building - 1895
Main Building – 1895
Prison Stocks used for Convicts during Construction of Main Building. Student Nancy Brassington posing with Stocks in 1958.
Prison Stocks (which are still in the basement of Tillman Hall) used for Convicts during Construction of Main Building. Student Nancy Brassington posing with Stocks in 1958.

Fact:

After the general contractor employed to construct Main Building went broke and was forced to abandon the project, Winthrop turned to convict labor to complete the project. Colonel W. A. Neal, the superintendent of the State Penitentiary, was assisted by W. H. Stewart, a local farmer/builder who supervised the remaining construction and the management of funds. The building was completed on time and Main Building was opened in October 1895 for classes.

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